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
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.
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.