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Man arrested on felonies is charged in 6 bank robberies

Identification is generally an important issue in many bank robbery prosecutions here in New Hampshire and elsewhere. Those who rob banks usually make some effort to disguise themselves. In the recent arrest of a man for several felonies associated with his allegedly committing six recent bank robberies in two states, however, published photos show no apparent disguise. They are allegedly relevant to identification of the robber, but there is no indication by the photos of anything other than a normal bank transaction between a man and a teller.

The photos also show no unusual movements or apparent demanding behavior by the suspect. He has no weapon and does not appear threatening or even communicative in any manner. If the photos are indeed depicting a bank robber and if the suspect is the same person, then defense counsel and the defendant may conclude that plea bargaining should be attempted. The defendant has the authority to make the final decision regarding whether to enter a guilty plea or go to trial.  

Defense counsel must first conduct a thorough interview with the suspect and determine the facts as he sees them. A back and forth interplay between counsel and the accused can be helpful in getting to the core issues that may exist in the case, both from pure defense point of view and from the view of constructing mitigating circumstance for a plea bargain and later sentencing proceedings. Experienced criminal defense counsel can be the deciding factor between getting a runaway sentence and one that is limited and controlled through a tough bargaining procedure.

This case does not provide many details on how the police came to suspect the defendant as the perpetrator of six bank robberies in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the commission of the felonies charged. There was a reward posted by the FBI, and presumably, the identification was assisted by an informant. There was no violence or use of a weapon, which can be mitigating at the sentencing stage under applicable law.

Source: lowellsun.com, "Alleged bank robber arrested", Feb. 1, 2017

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