One of the best known aspects of California law is the controversial “Three Strikes Law.” Under this rule, anyone who is charged with three qualifying felonies may automatically be sentenced to a life sentence. The law was recently revised in 2013 to help stop overcrowding in prisons, but while it is less severe than it once was, the fact remains that you may be sentenced to life imprisonment if you are convicted of three qualifying felonies. If you have any questions about the three strikes law or are worried about how it will affect you, please call Pacific Beach defense attorney Peter M. Liss.
One of the most confusing parts of the law revolves around the 2013 revisions, which changed the law to limit the third strike to a violent or serious felony. However, the third strike can be any felony if one of the first two strikes was for rape, murder, child molestation or a felony committed with a firearm. If you aren’t sure whether a crime you have been accused of qualifies as a strike, a Solana Beach criminal lawyer can help clear things up.
Aside from life imprisonment, the three strikes law also ensures that those who have one strike on their record will face double sentencing for the second strike. Additionally, in cases involving a second strike, 80% of the sentence will need to be served before the convict will be eligible for parole (and 85% of the sentence in violent crimes). It’s easy to get confused when it comes to your potential sentencing if you are facing a second strike, so if you have any questions about your charges and possible penalties, ask your Kearny Mesa criminal attorney.
Whether you are facing your first or third strike, La Jolla defense lawyer Peter M. Liss can help you. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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