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Police arrests suspect in string of robberies in Portland area

Armed bank robberies bring a federal felony crime charge in the state of Oregon. Because of their magnitude, these criminal offenses can have serious consequences for anyone who is convicted of them. Any form of federal theft charges can lead to serious penalties and fines in accordance to federal laws.

In the Southeast district of Portland, the so-called hammer pants bandit was arrested and charged for allegedly robbing banks in the area. The 46-year-old man is facing federal charges of robbing three banks in Portland's metropolitan area between October of last year and February this year. He is currently being held in Multnomah County jail and is expected to face federal bank robbery charges.

The three bank robberies include a Wells Fargo robbery in Oct. 2012, in which, according to a complaint filed in federal court, the man claimed that he had a pipe bomb. He is also accused of using a hammer to simulate a gun in the two other robberies.

Serious and often damaging penalties, including jail time and fines, await those convicted of federal crimes. Even after sentences are served, convicted felons may have to go through years of probation. Most ex-convicts find it difficult to return to society, and securing employment and owning any property may be close to impossible.

Nevertheless, accused are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty. A strong defensive strategy is therefore invaluable and may result in a lowered sentence or, in some cases, in an outright dismissal of all charges. Without the proper help, people may have a hard time ensuring their constitutional rights are upheld -- especially in federal court.

Source: The Oregonian, "'Hammer pants' suspect in three bank robberies arrested," April 19, 2013

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