On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Friday, September 7, 2012
It is important to remember that all parties facing criminal charges are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. This is true regardless of the nature of the charges. A Missouri man is currently facing charges for violation of federal criminal law. The charges allege that he robbed $2,350 from a bank in Lebanon, Missouri.
The 52-year-old man allegedly entered the bank around 3:15 in the afternoon. According to authorities, he gave a teller a robbery note. As a result, the teller purportedly gave the man $2,350. The man then put the money in a plastic bag and left the bank.
Police were alerted to the situation and started searching the surrounding area. They found the man, who looked like the robber seen in the bank’s surveillance photos, near a bus station. He was questioned, taken to the police station and searched. Officers allegedly found $2,350 in his socks.
Situations involving federal crimes such as robbery can have very serious penalties for a defendant, including a prison sentence, limited access to his or her kids, difficulties finding future employment and extended probation. Therefore, it is important to do everything possible to develop a strong defense of the accused individual’s position.
In cases involving an arrest and a search, police officers are required to follow certain procedures to ensure the accused individual’s constitutional rights are upheld. Those facing accusations of criminal behavior must not be subject to unlawful search and seizure. They also have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Police are required not only to make individuals aware of these rights but also to respect them once requested by the alleged criminal.
If these rights are withheld and the Constitution is violated, it can lead to less punitive consequences and, at times, a complete dismissal of the case. This is why it is so important to defend the accused individual’s position to ensure that he or she does not receive an overly punitive consequence.
Source: KFVS12.com, “Sikeston man charged in robbery of Lebanon bank,” Amber Ruch, Aug. 23, 2012