Bank robbery is a federal crime that comes with severe penalties. Under Title 18, section 2113 of the US Code, bank robbery is defined as the taking of property or money from a bank, credit union or any savings and loan association, using force, threats, intimidation and/or violence. There are there three types of charges associated with bank robberies, which include armed robbery, unarmed robbery, and inference from possession of recently stolen money.
If you’re arrested for bank robbery in Broward County or elsewhere in Florida, you must secure representation that is capable of matching the level of professionalism exhibited by the highly trained prosecutors of the U.S. Department of Justice.
At Joffe Law, P.A., we have more than 30 years of criminal defense experience at the federal level. We have achieved numerous accolades, including being AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating for professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.
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Mandatory minimum federal sentences for bank robbery
The United States Code sets a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years for bank robbery and related crimes such as avoiding apprehension for bank robbery and escaping custody after a bank robbery. If in the course of a bank robbery an incident arises that causes the death of any person, the sentence is life and the death penalty is available.
ATM crimes and the federal bank robbery statute
Certain cases involving funds taken from automated teller machines raise questions as to whether the crime charged actually violates the federal bank robbery statute. This difference is substantial since the FBI and the Department of Justice only have jurisdiction over crimes that violate federal statutes, and a common robbery would not carry the federal mandatory minimum sentence. Laws regarding ATMs can be ambiguous, but here are the basics:
- ATMs on bank premises: These machines are part of the bank. An assault directly against the machine constitutes federal bank robbery.
- Bank ATMs off the grounds of the bank: These can be considered “branch offices” of a bank and would implicate the bank robbery statute.
- Mugging someone at a bank ATM: These can be considered “branch offices” of a bank and would implicate the bank robbery statute.
- ATMs on the premises of retail establishments: Federal crimes are investigated thoroughly and prosecuted aggressively by highly trained professionals.
Contact a Fort Lauderdale attorney with experience fighting federal charges
Federal crimes are investigated thoroughly and prosecuted aggressively by highly trained professionals. At Joffe Law, P.A., we have the knowledge and experience to level the playing field as we zealously protect our clients’ rights. Call our Broward County bank robbery defense lawyers today at 954-723-0007 to schedule a free case consultation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.