Robbery is the taking of property from another by force or intimidation. Bank robbery is the taking of bank property by force or intimidation. Bank robbery does not include white collar crimes such as check fraud. However, passing a note to a teller demanding money is bank robbery even if no force is involved (a note can still intimidate).

Why Is the Penalty for Bank Robbery Different from Other Robberies?

Bank robbery is penalized differently from "normal" robbery because banks are federal institutions. As a result, bank robbery is a federal crime that carries federal punishment. Federal penalties for bank robberies are generally much more severe than state laws for robbery.

What Are the Possible Consequences for Bank Robbery?

Bank robbery is a felony in every state. The punishment is harsh and often includes:

  • Long imprisonment – many bank robbers get life in prison
  • Possibility of no parole for any bank robbery conviction
  • Death penalty – if you commit another crime while robbing a bank, the death penalty is a strong possibility
  • Even attempted bank robbery is severely punished

Should I Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Bank robbery is considered a very severe crime that can easily result in life imprisonment or even death upon a conviction. If you are accused of bank robbery, immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about your rights, defenses, and the complicated legal system.