The criminal charge of bank robbery carries a federal status, and the penalties for a conviction are very serious. In many cases involving allegations of bank robbery, there are additional charges related to weapons. Prosecutors may file weapons charges even if no weapons were seen or discharged during the alleged robbery. A threat of using a weapon could lead to a gun-related charge.
When someone is accused of committing a crime, even if they are not guilty, their entire life can be permanently affected. One young man in Pennsylvania is facing weapons charges for reportedly stealing guns and rifles from a home. The man was arrested and was held pending further legal proceedings in his case.