California’s Three Strikes Law
Our Criminal Lawyer in San Jose Explains the Three Strikes Law
Being convicted of a single felony is more than many will experience in a lifetime. The penalties can be severe and the impact to an individual’s life is often very serious. A subsequent felony conviction can lead to even more severe penalties. Conviction of a third felony conviction can be particularly devastating to an individual’s future, as the state’s Three Strikes Law may be invoked. If you are facing charges that may put in you in danger of conviction under the California Three Strikes Law, consider reaching out to our criminal lawyer in San Jose. Attorney Nick Cvietkovich understands the seriousness of the situation and may be able to help you.
What Is California’s Three Strikes Law?
California passed the Three Strikes Law in 1994. It mandates a sentence of 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a third conviction of serious or violent crimes. Controversy ensued in the following years over California’s inclusion of nonviolent crimes as “strike” offenses. Examples of nonviolent crimes include theft and burglary. In addition, the law has proven difficult to apply equally. Judges and prosecutors have wide discretion about which offenses count as strikes during prosecution and sentencing.
The Three Strikes Law can have an affect on an individual beginning with a second felony charge. Under the law, prosecutors may seek double the maximum prison sentence for the second offense, based on the individual’s prior conviction. The new conviction does necessarily need to be violent or particularly serious. For example, sentences often double for offenses like theft or simple drug possession.
Are you facing a felony charge? Does the California Three Strikes Law apply to your situation? Then you cannot afford to wait. The lawyer you choose does make a difference, so choose an attorney the experience you need and the dedication you deserve.
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At the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich, we know how frightening it is to face criminal charges. When facing charges that may be subject to the Three Strikes Law, you need an attorney who will fight for you to find every option under the law. Our team has handled over 4,000 cases. We thoroughly investigate our clients’ cases to provide skilled and aggressive defense. We also work with prosecutors to reduce charges and possibly remove them from consideration under the Three Strikes Law.