One of the most notorious aspects of the California criminal code is the “Three Strikes Law.” Under this area of the law, anyone who has already been convicted of two serious or violent felonies can face life imprisonment if they are charged with committing a third felony of any kind.
Even if you only have one prior serious or violent felony crime conviction on your record, you will automatically have your prison sentence doubled and be required to serve at least 80% of the time before you can receive parole. Needless to say, these crimes are very serious and require the assistance of a skilled Vista three strikes lawyer.
In many cases, convictions that occurred in other states will not apply towards the three strikes count in California. An experienced attorney like Peter M. Liss can help prepare a strong defense that questions the validity of past convictions. Alternatively, he may be able to negotiate a plea bargain that will result in the judge or prosecutor dismissing one of your past “strikes” so it will not be counted against you.
If you are concerned about the impact the three strikes law may have on you, please call our offices at (760) 643-4050 to schedule a consultation.
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