What are the consequences of a bank robbery charge? 8 Answers as of July 19, 2011

My husband was accused of bank robbery but bailed out his bail was 35,000. He hasn't been in trouble with the law in over 4 yrs what are his chances of no jail time and if so how much time are we looking at?

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Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux | Scott Tibbedeaux
It depends if this in state or federal court. If it is federal court and no weapon was used under 18 USC section 2113 there would be a fine under this title or imprisonment not more than 20 years or both. If a weapon was used, under this title there shall be affine or imprisoned not more than 25 years or both.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2011
Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi
Law Office of Rodney Nosratabadi | Rodney Nosratabadi
Bank Robbery is a federal crime that is punished according to the federal sentencing guidelines. It depends on the defendant's criminal history, willingness to accept responsibility at an early stage of the proceedings, and a laundry list of other factors. In other words, although there is a minimum level of punishment, the sentence could be enhanced by the above factors. There is no bank robbery statute under California Law. Robbery is usually punishable by 3, 4, or 6 years in state prison. Special allegations and enhancement could hike up any robbery sentence by years.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
If he is facing state bank robbery charges, they are very serious. If he used a weapon then it is even more serious. If he is facing federal bank robbery charges it is as serious as it gets. He is facing many years in prison depending upon the facts. You need to immediately make an appointment with a criminal defense lawyer with the highest rankings possible.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman
The Law Offices of Gabriel Dorman | Gabriel Dorman
In general, robbery pursuant to Penal Code Section 211 is punishable by up to 2, 3 or 5 years in prison. However, there are a number of things that can substantially increase the penalty such as possession of and/or use of a firearm in the commission of the offense. Regardless, if you husband is charged with robbery, he is in serious of need of an experienced criminal defense attorney to fully evaluate his case and discuss what is possible. I hope this answer was helpful. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
Need a bit more information. Is he charged in a state court or federal. Time is different between the two systems. A prior record can increase any penalty if convicted. A bank robbery is not likely to result in probation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/11/2011
    The Chastaine Law Office
    The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
    If he is found guilty he will mostly go to state prison. It is very unlikely that, he won't go to prison.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/8/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Answer: Prison upon conviction. No attorney can predict the outcome, nor even give an intelligent opinion, without reviewing and knowing all the charges, evidence, reports, testimony, priors history, etc. Youll learn the actual charge[s] filed against you when you appear for arraignment at your first court hearing. The prosecutor can amend at any time he feels he can prove additional or different charges. The filed charges determine how much prison time would be imposed if convicted. Plea bargaining is to reduce that. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can any evidence obtained in a search or confession be used against you, and can you be convicted, and what can you do? Advice: exercise the 5th Amendment right to SHUT UP and do NOT talk to anyone except an attorney about the case. Raise all possible defenses with whatever admissible and credible witnesses, evidence and facts are available for legal arguments, for evidence suppression or other motions, or at trial. You can hire an attorney, who will try to get a dismissal, reduction or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/8/2011
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Michael J. Kennedy
    Wow, not many contours there! Federal or state? With gun or without? How much money? All of those things are necessary to give an intelligent answer. It is very unlikely that he would get no time. Second degree robbery is 2-3-5 years in prison and presumptive prison, even if no arming nor money amount.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/8/2011
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