The crime of bank robbery is a federal offense that is investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice. A person suspected of participating in a bank robbery is pitted against the full resources of the federal government. Rand Mintzer is a Houston bank robbery attorney who has the skills, courtroom experience and knowledge of the law to take on the challenge of protecting the rights of the accused.
Federal laws define the theft crime of bank robbery as taking or attempting to take money or other things of value from a bank or financial institution by force, intimidation or extortion. Credit unions are also included as financial institutions protected by federal bank robbery statutes.
The consequences of a bank robbery conviction can affect a person’s personal and professional life. Because it is a felony crime under federal law, a conviction for bank robbery results in a criminal record that employers frequently take into consideration when making decisions to hire someone for a job. A conviction will usually prohibit a person from possessing a firearm or obtaining certain types of professional licenses.
Federal judges have authority to sentence a person convicted of bank robbery to penalties that include:
Bank robbery investigations frequently involve searches and seizures of evidence, wiretaps and informants. Houston bank robbery defense attorney Rand Mintzer understands how federal law enforcement and prosecutors investigate and prepare bank robbery cases. After carefully reviewing the facts and evidence of a case, Mr. Mintzer prepares a defense strategy that focuses on uncovering weaknesses in the prosecution case.
The seizure of evidence following a search by law enforcement agencies must follow rules established under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. If law enforcement does not strictly adhere to the rules governing searches and seizures, a defense attorney can challenge the admissibility of the seized evidence.
Mr. Mintzer prepares the defense of each bank robbery case to uncover and challenge weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case that he can use to secure a dismissal of the charges or obtain an offer from the assistant United States attorney to reduce the charges or agree to a less severe sentence.
If robbery charges have been filed against you, or if you are under investigation for suspicion of committing a bank robbery, you need the services of a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney. Reach out to Rand Mintzer, Attorney at Law, at 713-862-8880.