Three Strikes Law

California’s three strikes law requires very high mandatory minimum sentences for certain types of repeat felony offenses, called “strikes.”

In California, a conviction of certain types of crimes, including robbery, residential burglary, violent crimes, or crimes deemed “serious” are considered “Strikes” under California’s Three Strikes Law. In addition, any felony in which a deadly weapon was used is also a “Strike.”

People with a ‘strike’ conviction on their record are subject to increased penalties. For example, for any subsequent felony, whether it is a strike or not, the prison sentence will double. With two felony strikes, a third felony conviction comes with a mandatory prison sentence of 25-years to life, and can be imposed even if the third felony is not a strike-able offense, or even a serious felony.

Unfortunately for many individuals who have two strikes on their record, aggressive prosecutors file any new cases against those individuals as a “third strike” regardless of the circumstances of the case, since a prosecutor’s record of looking “tough on crime” may help to advance his career as a prosecutor or for political office.

Strategies for Defending a Third Strike

When facing a third “strike” charge, it is more necessary than ever to prepare a winning defense strategy and leverage all available resources in order to discourage the prosecutor from pursuing a Third Strike conviction. Prosecutors do not like to lose a case, and when faced with a solid aggressive defense, will drop the special allegation rather than take a chance on losing the case because of “over-reach”. This strategy can be a highly effective defense when executed by an experienced, aggressive, well-known and respected trial lawyer.’

Motion to Strike the Strike

Even in cases where the prosecutor’s office simply refuses to negotiate away a strike allegation, The Baum Law Firm does not stop there. The firm will continue to provide an aggressive defense for the client by filing a Motion directly with the Judge requesting that the Judge strike a prior strike if in such case the imposing of the three-strikes law would be unjust.

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