Bank robbery suspects face federal criminal charges

Federal crimes like drug offenses, child pornography, white collar crimes and weapon offenses, are prosecuted in federal court, where there is little room for negotiation. Being charged with a federal crime, compared to a state or local crime, can mean stiffer fines and penalties for the accused if convicted of the charges.

In Wilsonville, Oregon, just south of Portland, a bank was robbed on the morning of Friday, January 3. Reportedly, two men, both wearing masks, entered the bank at about 9:20 a.m., ordered the people inside to get on the floor, took cash and then fled the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured. The local authorities are searching for the suspects.

If arrested, the suspects could face federal criminal charges. Once apprehended, the suspects would be well advised to seek legal counsel and to exercise their right to remain silent while waiting for the attorney to arrive.

One way to contest federal criminal charges is to question the evidence presented by the prosecutor. In this case, the suspects were wearing masks during the robbery, which makes it hard for the police to identify them. The accused might also show proof that they were in a different location at the time of the robbery.

These and other tactics can be developed with the help of a knowledgeable attorney who has experience in handling federal criminal cases. A strong defense and legal representation can lead to the dismissal of the case or at least reduced charges.

Those facing federal criminal charges should not hesitate to seek legal assistance to better understand their legal options.

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