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Three Strike Crimes in California

Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney

In California, if a defendant is convicted of particular violent or serious felony offenses, he or she will face having a “strike” on his or her criminal record. Having a strike on one’s criminal record means that the court will impose double the penalties for any second felony conviction and that the defendant will face 25 years to life in prison for a third felony conviction. This is the foundation of California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law, which was passed by voters in 1994. The entire purpose of this law was to implement increased penalties for repeat felony offenders, and California has one of the toughest implementations of this popular practice.

What makes California’s Three Strikes Law so tough? In many other states, a defendant will only receive a strike on his or her record for certain violent felony convictions. California allows for a strike for “serious” felonies as well. Any second felony conviction, when a defendant has one prior strike, will result in double the penalties that may normally be enforced for that type of offense. A defendant with two prior strikes on his or her record will face 25 years to life for any felony conviction, even one that is not designated as violent or serious. Combined with California’s felony petty theft law, it is possible for a defendant to face life in prison for a simple shoplifting conviction, if he or she has prior convictions for petty theft as well as two strikes.

Examples of “Strike” Offenses

Some offenses which may qualify as strikes in California include:

Arrested? Contact an Orange County Three Strikes Lawyer

Make sure you waste no time in contacting an attorney if you are facing criminal charges for an offense which may count as a strike if you are convicted. Whether this is your first arrest or you already have one or two strikes on your criminal record, a three strikes lawyer at the Law Offices of Fred Thiagarajah can help.

Contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney at our firm today for a free consultation.

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