A 58-year-old Wisconsin man who allegedly robbed a bank at gunpoint pleaded not guilty to bank robbery. According to the report, the man told a friend that he had committed federal crimes because he was in debt to a Mexican drug cartel.
The complaint stated that the man stole $21,400 from a bank on July 3, 2013. He allegedly entered the bank through the back door before placing money into a duffel bag. He held an elderly woman at gunpoint during the incident. He asked for the woman's keys, but she did not respond. When the teller offered the man the keys to her vehicle, the man fled. The man's friend contacted authorities after he had been taken into police custody and told them that he was in debt. If he is convicted, he may face up to 20 years in prison in addition to a $250,000 fine.
Individuals who have allegedly committed federal crimes still have rights that need to be protected. An experienced Wisconsin criminal defense attorney may be able to help by explaining the legal process and all the options available. They may examine the details of the case to figure out the best course of action for their client.
In most cases, the attorney may try to have the charges and the punishments reduced. The attorney may have their client pay restitution or agree to probation and community service to keep them out of jail. In other cases, the attorney may provide strong representation for their client in trial. The attorney may conduct their own investigation into the case to find any discrepancies in the evidence or search for any improper procedures on the part of the arresting officers.
Source: WAOW 9 News, "Court records: Bank robber had drug debt", Robert Imrie, July 19, 2013