What is the California Three-Strikes Law?

In California, convictions for specified "serious" and "violent" felonies are considered "strikes." A conviction for these offenses has the effect of limiting eligibility for probation, reducing custodial "good-time/work-time" service credits, and, most importantly, enhancing punishment for the conviction of future serious or violent felonies.

Second convictions, for example, have the effect of doubling a person's exposure to punishment for the underlying offense, and conviction of a violent or serious felony with two or more prior strikes can result in imprisonment for a period of 25 years to life. This is why the law is often referred to as, "Three strikes and you're out."

What crimes are considered "violent" and "serious"?

These terms have a specialized meaning in the law. California Penal Code §667.5 lists approximately 23 categories of "violent" crimes, and Penal Code §§1192.7 and 1192.8 list approximately 48 categories of "serious" crimes, all of which might qualify as "strikes."

The consequences of not knowing how serious an offense is or of being convicted of a "serious" or "violent" felony can be devastating. It is essential that anyone accused of committing a felony offense immediately seek qualified legal counsel.

The criminal defense attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to consult, at no charge, on the significance of any felony accusation. Remember, assume nothing; seek immediate professional help.

Is there another type of "Three-Strikes" law in California?

Yes. California is tough on guns. Conviction for an offense involving the possession, use or injury of a person with a gun can result in denial of probation, limitation on custodial "good-time/work-time" service credits, and imprisonment for 10 or 20 years, or for 25 years to life.

Do not under estimate the seriousness of a felony accusation. Seek immediate legal help. The Three-Strikes law involving serious or violent felonies, or guns, can be life-altering.

The criminal defense attorneys at Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP have a combined history of more than 50 years of experience defending individuals accused of committing serious and violent felonies, and successfully defending against the devastating impact of a "strike" conviction.

There is no cost to an initial consultation, and attorneys are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to meet and review and explain your rights and defenses.

For more information on the Three Strikes Law and how it may impact your current criminal charges, contact Rien, Adams & Cox, LLP, today for a free consultation.

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