Three Strikes Crimes

If you have two felony convictions, or “strikes”, on your record, you may be in danger under California’s Three Strike Law. This law makes even a single conviction a life-changing and potentially ruinous occurrence. It is vitally important to work with a defense lawyer who can defend your rights and help you avoid getting even a single strike on your record.

California has followed the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” Law since 1994. Under this state-enacted law, any person who has two prior “violent” or “serious” felony convictions on their criminal record will be given extensive sentencing (25 years to life in state prison, without the possibility of parole) for a third conviction, even if it is not “serious” and/or “violent”.

A skilled California criminal defense attorney can help. The first course of action is to determine whether there is a defense to the current felony case. Only a California criminal defense lawyer can assist in making this determination. It is therefore critical that if you or someone you care about has been charged in a Three Strikes (3-Strikes) case, that you consult with a skilled California criminal defense attorney at once.

It is possible to persuade the judge to dismiss a "strike" prior, and thereby avoid a 3-Strikes sentence. This can occur before, during, or after trial, up to the time that judgment is pronounced.

It is also possible to reduce a "wobbler" to a misdemeanor, and avoid a Three Strikes (3-Strikes) sentence. A "wobbler" is a case that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Although the prosecutor may be seeking a Three Strikes (3-Strikes) sentence by charging a "wobbler" as a felony, it is possible to persuade a judge to declare the current charge a misdemeanor, and avoid a Three Strikes (3-Strikes) sentence.

Where the current felony charge is drug-related, it is still possible to persuade the judge to allow diversion, although this is a decision that should not be made without first consulting a qualified California criminal defense lawyer.