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Three Strikes Law

Are you being accused of a crime that involves the Three Strikes Law? You need to get help from an experienced Three Strikes defense attorney now.

California’s Three Strikes law is designed to keep repeat offenders behind bars longer with mandatory sentencing enhancements of 25 years to life in Third Strike cases. In Second Strike cases, individuals will have the prison sentence that applies to their offense doubled.

As you can see, the penalties for Strike offenses are extremely harsh. This means it is imperative to fight back against each and every allegation, whether it is your First Strike or your Third Strike. Chambers Law Firm can help. As an experienced defense attorney, we understand the law on all the underlying offenses that can qualify as Strikes. We can help you mount the strongest possible defense, both to the underlying charge and to the Three Strikes sentencing enhancements that may apply.

What Crimes Count as a Third Strike Offense?

In order for Third Strike penalties to apply, your third crime must be a “serious or violent” felony, or one of certain other qualifying crimes. Some of the most common qualifying Third Strike offenses include:

  • Murder (including attempted murder and manslaughter)
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Child Molestation
  • Certain Assaults
  • Felonies in which you personally used a firearm
  • Felonies committed for a gang
  • Possession for sale
  • Any sexually violent offense

Three Ways to Win a Third Strike Case

As your Three Strikes defense attorney, we will work hard to find the best possible defense strategy for your specific case and spare you from any undeserved or unduly harsh punishment. Depending on the circumstances of your case, there may be three possible ways to do this:

Beat the Third Strike Charge: If we can show that there is insufficient evidence to convict you of the current charges against you, you obviously cannot get a Third Strike on your record. This is the most desirable outcome because you will not face any penalties at all.

Reduce the Charge: If the evidence against you is strong, you may need to plead guilty to the current charge. However, as part of the deal we may be able to get the charge you are facing reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors will not trigger Third Strike penalties.

Strike a Past Strike: Romero Motions can be used to ask judges to dismiss past Strike allegations in the furtherance of justice. The judge will consider the nature of the current charge, the time that has passed since your past Strikes, the facts surrounding those Strikes, and other facts about your history to determine if your case falls within the spirit of the Three Strikes law or not

Call Now for a Free Consultation

If you have been charged with a Third Strike offense, please do not hesitate to contact Chambers Law Firm at 855-397-0210. We never consider any case hopeless and we’ll be happy to discuss your case during a free initial consultation.