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Is Bank Robbery a Federal Crime?

Bank robbery is a serious federal offense punishable by decades in prison, substantial fines, or both. A defendant may incur charges for the violent or non-violent taking of assets from institutions belonging to the Federal Reserve System including banks, credit unions, and trust companies. The FBI can be aggressive in the pursuit of convictions and if you have been accused of bank robbery or are a suspect in an investigation, it is vital to contact Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC as soon as possible. Our Chicago federal defense lawyers are dedicated to helping clients overcome the charges they face, one piece of evidence at a time.

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Bank Robbery Charges & Punishment

While penalties for bank robbery can be severe, specific punishments vary depending on the severity of the offense. For example, if no one was injured during the course of a crime, defendants can face up to 20 years in jail. However, penalties can increase when situations involve bodily injury, the use of a weapon, or hostages. Individuals who did not physically partake in an alleged robbery may also incur related charges if they knowingly accept, hide, use, or destroy money or assets unlawfully taken from a bank.

Combating Evidence in Robbery Cases

Technology has come to play an ever-increasing role in bank robbery investigations. Evidence often includes security camera footage, dyed or marked bills, tracking devices, and other advanced security measures. With the ever-growing sophistication of evidence in these cases, the importance of working with a skilled defense attorney cannot be overstated. No matter what evidence prosecutors present against you, our firm can help you understand your options for overcoming the legal hurdles ahead.

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At Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC, our Chicago federal crime attorneys have successfully argued cases before the Illinois Supreme Court as well as federal courts nationwide. We have the experience, tools, and tenacity to help clients fight for dismissals, acquittals, and dropped charges. No case is beyond the scope of our Chicago federal defense attorneys and we have the results to prove it.

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    People v. IP (2014) Mr. IP was arrested for possession of a large amount of a controlled substance after Chicago police executed a search warrant. Arguing that the information in the search warrant was fabricated, Mr. Pissetzky filed a Motion to Produce Informant. Against the odds, the judge granted the motion and ordered the State to produce the informant. When the State failed to do so, the judge dismissed the case.
  • Sentenced Reduced Heroin Conspiracy
    USA v. DA – 2011 – Mr. DA was charged in one the biggest Heroin busts in Chicago. DA was facing a mandatory life sentence under the Federal Rules because he was a repeat offender. After long negotiations, Mr. Pissetzky was able to demonstrate that DA was not part of the conspiracy and convinced the judge to sentence DA to only 37 months. All other charges were dropped.
  • Case Dismissed Motion Granted, Case Dismissed
    People v. RMC – Chicago police officers received information that a 2 kilo cocaine deal was going to happen in a garage. They set up surveillance and saw RMC pull into the garage in car. When he walked out of the garage, the Chicago police officers arrested him. While the officers searched the garage and car, they found 2 kilos of cocaine in the car. Mr. Pissetzky and another attorney filed a Motion to Suppress the Arrest and Quash the evidence. After a highly contested hearing, the judge held that the Chicago Police officers violated RMC’s Constitutional rights under the 4th Amendment, and Granted the Motion. The prosecutor had no choice but to dismiss all charges against RMC.
  • Not Guilty Not Guilty: possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver
    People v. JB – 2011 – Mr. JB was charged with 3 other co-defendants with possession of cocaine with the intent to deliver. Although the State’s attorney made a very low offer for a plea, Mr. Pissetzky advised JB to proceed to trail. During a bench trial, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that JB did not have any knowledge of the drugs that were recovered from the car of the co-defendant. Although the police testified that they saw the drug transaction, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that the state did not prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge found JB NOT GUILTY on all charges.
  • Not Guilty on All Counts People v. AB
    AB was charged with child pornography, criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault. Although the State made several offers on the case, Mr.Pissetzky and another attorney demanded trial. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross-examined the State’s witnesses and proved that AB did not know that the victim was under 18 years of age. After listening to the evidence, the judge found AB NOT GUILTY on all counts.
  • Dismissed People v. AH
    AH was charged with possessions with intent to distribute a large amount of cocaine. Mr. Pissetzky litigation skills led to the dismissal of all charges against AH.
  • Case Dismissed People v. AMM

    People v. AMM - Mr. AMM was charged with trafficking over 100lb of marijuana. Officers can to a home he was renting and after entering and searching the home, they seized over 100lb of marijuana. Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to suppress evidence arguing that the officers entered the home without a warrant or consent. After a hearing in which Mr. Pissetzky impeached the testifying officer and exposed his lies, the Judge granted the motion and the case was dismissed.

  • Case Dismissed People v. ARP
    ARP was charged with a Class X felony of Possession with Intent to Distribute cocaine . After careful review of the police reports, Mr. Pissetzky filed a motion to quash and suppress evidence. At the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky proved to the judge that that the Cook County Sheriff that stopped ARP search ARP’s car illegally. The judge Granted the motion to quash and suppress and the case against ARP was Dismissed.
  • Not Guilty People v. FR
    FR was charged with predatory criminal assault, and 4 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. During a week long jury trial, Mr. Pissetzky exposed the alleged minor “victim” as a liar. In addition, Mr. Pissetzky call witnesses to testify to the true nature of the “victim”. After grueling cross-examinations, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on all charges.
  • Not Guilty People v. H
    People v. H- H was charged with the first degree murder of 3 people. The prosecutor had two witnesses that claimed they were with H when he committed the murders. After receiving the discovery from the prosecutor, Mr. Pissetzky and his team conducted their own investigation and uncovered that someone else committed the murders. At trial, Mr. Pissetzky cross examined the prosecutions witnesses and exposed their lies. After the prosecution rested their case, Mr. Pissetzky moved the court to dismiss all charges and find H not guilty. The Judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and found H Not Guilty of all charges dismissing the case.


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