California Three Strikes Law
Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney
The Three Strikes Law has the purpose of imposing increased penalties for
those offenders who commit repeat felonies. In terms of implementation,
California is one of the states that are the strictest about putting this
law into practice. If a person is convicted of a serious or violent felony,
he will be facing a "strike" on his criminal record. If that
person is convicted of a second felony offense, then, because of the prior
strike, double penalties will be imposed. If there is a third felony conviction,
he will be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, hence the expression,
"three strikes and you are out".
This state's Three Strikes Law is very tough, as it is not only very
violent crimes for which the offender receives a strike, but for any serious,
non-violent felony. Additionally, if the third strike is not an extremely
serious or violent one, such as felony shoplifting or felony
DUI, the offender will be facing 25 years to life, as he has 2 prior strikes.
If he has prior petty theft convictions in addition to the 2 strikes,
the sentence may very well be life in prison.
Types of "Three Strikes" Crimes
Some "third strike" crimes include:
- Forcible rape
- Voluntary manslaughter
- First degree robbery
- Attempted murder
- Lewd acts with a child under the age of 14
- Any felony that is punishable by life in prison or death
- Any felony committed with a deadly weapon
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Ventura criminal defense attorney to defend you case will make the difference in how you live the rest of
your life. I am committed to using my experience and understanding of
the local legal system to maximize the best possible outcome in your case.
I will use my 9 years of experience as a D.A. In the Ventura County District
Attorney's Office to create the strong defense you are entitled to.