In the 2012 November election, California voters overwhelmingly supported Prop 36, a proposed revision to the state’s infamous “Three Strikes” law. The law, originally passed in 1994, meant that anyone who received two strikes on his or her criminal record would automatically receive a life sentence for any additional felony they committed, no matter how minor the crime. Since that time, California’s prisons have become extremely over crowded, largely in part to “three strike” criminals who were sentenced to spend the rest of their lives in prison. In fact, a quarter of all current prison inmates are in prison due to the three strikes law.
Prop 36 revised the law so the final strike had to be some type of violent or serious crime, with the exception of those who received any of their first two strikes for rape, murder or child molestation or those who were armed with a firearm while committing a felony. This change is big news for Vista three strikes lawyers currently defending anyone who may be charged with felony crime, particularly those defendants who already have strikes on their record. But more importantly, the law goes one step further, allowing for those already convicted under the three strikes law to appeal for resentencing if their conviction would not meet the revised version of the law. With that in mind, if you or a loved one has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a non-violent crime under the three strikes law, you may be able to get a new sentence with the help of a top Vista criminal defense attorney.
It has been estimated that over 3,000 inmates in California prisons would be eligible to petition for a reduced sentence and many of these inmates could even be released on credit for time served. If you or someone you know falls into this category, Vista criminal defense lawyer Peter Liss can help. Please call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your situation.
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