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Oregon man faces robbery and other felony charges

People can sometimes act out of desperation. The need for something is so great, that they perform a criminal act that they otherwise would have avoided. In these cases, people can still face serious criminal charges -- including felony charges -- despite not wanting anyone to get hurt in the process.

In a recent case in Oregon, a man says that he robbed a car dealership in hopes of getting money to go visit his family. According to reports, the man entered this particular dealership because he knew the owner. Police say that once inside, the 56-year-old man demanded money from the owner of the establishment. When the owner said that no cash was kept on hand, police allege that the man shot at the owner -- but the owner was not harmed.

Eventually, police say the owner tackled the man, wrestled the gun away and fled with building with his wife and baby. The man, on the other hand, stayed inside the dealership. According to police, tactical forces stormed the building after an eight hour standoff with the man. He was then taken into police custody and charged with probation violation, unlawful use of a weapon, robbery and attempted murder.

These are very serious felonies. The man could face prison time, fines, addition probation and other consequences as a result. In cases like this one where the defendant has a prior criminal record, the penalties can be increased.

However, the man will have the opportunity to defend himself against the charges. Those facing felony charges, including felony possession of a weapon, can defend themselves in court and try to tell their side of the story. People may also have the opportunity to negotiate a plea deal with prosecutors that can lower the potential penalties.

Source: The Oregonian, "Forest Grove standoff suspect planned robbery to pay for visits to relatives, court documents say," Everton Bailey Jr., April 11, 2014

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