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What is the statute of limitations for a bank robbery?

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Under federal law, the statute of limitations for bank robbery is five years. After this time has passed, those involved in such crimes cannot be tried at the federal level, though additional state laws may result in charges with longer statutes.

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Robbing a bank is a federal crime as banks are federal institutions, and not private entities. Several factors determine the length of sentencing for such crimes, including whether or not weapons were present, any injuries, abductions or deaths that occurred during the act, the amount of money stolen from the institution and the criminal history of those committing the robbery.

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