A Brief Description Of California’s Three Strikes Law
In 1994, California implemented the three strikes law as a way to deter habitual offenders by threatening them with longer mandatory prison sentences. As it was originally written, a conviction for a third felony offense — regardless of the type of crime — would result in a three-strikes sentence.
The law was changed so that only a conviction for a violent or serious felony would count as a third strike. In addition, only serious or violent felonies as defined in the California Penal Code are considered strike offenses. Three convictions for strike offenses will result in a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years to life.
Talk To A Lawyer If You Have Been Charged With A Serious Or Violent Felony
At the Law Office of Thomas A. Johnson, we have an extensive background in the handling of these cases. We have successfully defended clients against charges for a variety of violent crimes and serious felonies. Our founding attorney, Tom Johnson, is a former state and federal prosecutor. You can rely on us for the skillful representation you need.
Whether you are facing charges for your first-strike offense or your third, you can feel confident in our ability to protect your rights. We have the experience and the resources to properly investigate your case, and we will take a strategic approach to building your defense. We will be there with you at every step, working diligently to prevent a conviction from going on your record.
Talk To An Attorney About Your Felony Criminal Defense Needs
We invite you to contact us to discuss your felony defense needs in more detail. To schedule an initial consultation, you can reach us by phone in the Sacramento area at 916-248-8598 or toll free at 866-974-4316, or you can contact us via email.