Bank Robbery Defense
Houston Bank Robbery Attorneys :: The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp
Virtually every bank in the United States is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and a bank robbery is generally regarded as a federal offense. Consequently, anyone charged with this crime should seek the assistance of a bank robbery attorney in Houston who has the experience and expertise to handle a federal offense case.
Note that both federal prosecutors and the FBI consider the robbery of a credit union, bank or other financial institution to be a serious matter, and as a result, they conduct an investigation that is both detailed and complete. If you have reason to believe that you are under investigation, be sure to contact The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp immediately about your bank robbery case.
The punishment a federal judge can impose for bank robbery includes some or all of these penalties:
- Serving a sentence in a federal penitentiary
- Significant monetary fines
- Required restitution
What You Should Know
Although any bank robbery is regarded as a felony, the penalties for this crime are varied, based specifically on what took place throughout the event. For example, if the amount stolen was less than $1,000 and no one was threatened or injured, you will be incarcerated for one year or less. However, if no one was threatened or injured but you stole more than $1,000, you could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
In addition, if you use a threatening note to commit a bank robbery, this will be regarded as a threat to the teller, which is a class C felony and punishable by as much as 20 years in prison. In cases where a dangerous device such as a gun was used as a threat, this is categorized as a Class B felony that carries a possible prison sentence of 25 years. If someone is killed while the crime is being committed, this becomes a Class A felony and is punishable by death. In any event, you will need the assistance of a qualified bank robbery attorney when you go to court.
How The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp Can Help
When you contact Houston criminal defense attorney Matthew Sharp, he will begin by analyzing the evidence compiled against you and determine if your rights have been violated in any way. He will then focus on the relevant evidence against you to decide if he should negotiate a plea bargain or contest the charges in court. This means that his goal is to provide you with the best outcome possible under the circumstances. Reach out to The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp today if you were arrested for bank robbery or any other theft charges.