Sacramento Lawyer - Three Strikes Attorney
The Three Strikes law was first enacted in California in 1994 and created a sentencing system that dramatically increased punishment for people with prior violent or serious convictions and heightened the need for a quality Sacramento Lawyer. Although it is known as one law, the "Three Strikes" is actually contained in two different parts of the Penal Code. The first, contained in Penal Code section 667(b)-(i) was enacted by the legislature in March of 1994. The second, contained in Penal Code 1170.12 was enacted in the general election of November, that same year.
If you have a prior conviction for a serious or violent felony, it will likely be charged as a prior strike if you are charged with a new felony. One prior strike conviction can have the effect of mandating a prison sentence for twice the specified amount of time in the new case. If the prior conviction is a serious felony as described in Penal Code Section 1192.7 and the new case involves a serious or violent felony, the prior conviction can not only be used as a strike to double the sentence but can also be used as a 5-year prior under Penal Code Section 667(a). This means that the potential maximum sentence in the new case is double the original maximum term plus five years. As your Sacramento criminal defense attorneys, we will fight for a more favorable outcome.
If you have two or more serious or violent felony prior convictions, any new felony conviction will make you eligible to receive a minimum sentence of 25 years to life. The new felony conviction does not have to be a serious or violent felony.
Did you know that:
- Strikes do not have wash out periods
- A conviction for a serious or violent felony can be counted as a strike even if the conviction occurred before the three strikes law was enacted
- Juvenile adjudications can be strikes in certain situations
- Out-of-state convictions can be strikes if they fit the definition of a strike in California
- Having a prior strike conviction or being convicted of a new strike does have an effect on the maximum amount of time credits you receive while incarcerated
- With limited exceptions, a strike conviction remains a strike even if it is later dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor
- The District Attorney is prohibited by law to plea bargain prior strike convictions
- You can be convicted of multiple strikes in the same case or arising from the same facts
At the Law Offices of Bonilla & Cintean, LLP. we have experience dealing with with strike cases as well as cases involving prior strike convictions. We are able to competently assist you with your strike case. If you have one or more prior strike convictions, it is essential that you contact us as soon as possible, preferably before the DA has made you an offer. If that is not possible, contact us at any point in the process and we still start working on your case immediately. If you are currently facing a serious or violent felony, as your Sacramento attorneys, we will work toward bringing the case to a favorable resolution. Because the sentencing consequences of the three strikes law are so great and the DA has limited plea bargaining ability, most cases that end up before a jury fall within this category.
At Bonilla & Cintean, LLP we are not afraid to take cases to trial. Contact us to discuss all options.