Three Strikes Law Criminal Defense Lawyer in San Jose
Defense Attorney in Santa Clara County Knowledgeable in California’s 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, as prosecution of many crimes take into account the criminal history of the accused. Conviction of a third felony conviction, especially in California, 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, Attorney Nick Cvietkovich understands the seriousness of the situation and is prepared to help you.
Aggressive Felony Defense Attorney Serving the Bay Area
California’s Three Strikes Law was enacted in 1994, mandating 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 years that followed over the state’s inclusion of nonviolent crimes, such as theft and burglary as “strike” offenses. In addition, the law has proven difficult to apply equally as judges and prosecutors have been granted wide discretion as to 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 solely on the individual’s prior conviction. The new conviction does necessarily need to be violent or particularly serious, and often sentences are doubled for offenses like theft or simple drug possession.
Dedicated Santa Clara Three Strikes Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Thomas Nicholas Cvietkovich, we know how frightening it is to face criminal charges of any type. 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 and is committed to thoroughly investigating your case in to provide a skilled, aggressive defense. We will also work with prosecutors to reduce charges and possibly remove them from consideration under the Three Strikes Law, potentially reducing the impact to your life and freedom.
If you have been charged with a felony, and the California Three Strikes Law may apply to your situation, you cannot afford to wait. Contact our office today at (408) 898-9653 to schedule your free consultation. The lawyer you choose does make a difference, so choose an attorney the experience you need and the dedication you deserve.