The Three Strikes Law
Understanding Three Strikes Cases
The three strikes laws are statutes that have been enacted by various states across the country. Under the three strikes statutes, the state courts are required to impose a life sentence to a person who has been convicted of three or more serious crimes. Today, twenty-four states have enacted some form of habitual offender laws. In the state of California, if a person is convicted of any felony and has two or more “strikes” or convictions for strike offenses, then he or she will be sentenced to at least a period of 25 years to life in prison.
California’s three strikes law is not only targeted at third strikers, it also targets “second strikers” as well. Therefore, if a person is convicted of any felony and has one prior (strike) on their criminal record, then they will be sentenced to double the prison term for their current offense. California enacts some of the harshest criminal sentencing measures for habitual offenders. If you are facing a second or third felony offense in California, then it’s absolutely critical that you enlist the services of a criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Paul S. Geller.
Former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles
Is there any hope of fighting a second or third strike in California? The short answer is yes, there is something that can be done to combat such charges. Considering the harsh consequences you are facing, you can take comfort in the fact that there are ways to build a solid defense and possibly get your charges dropped. Another possible solution is getting your felony charges reduced to a misdemeanor (the three strikes law applies to felonies). As a former prosecutor, attorney Paul S. Geller has prosecuted numerous three strikes cases over his legal career. He knows exactly how and where to look for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and exploit them to your advantage. We understand the stress and anxiety you must be going through right now; therefore, our promise to you is that we will leave no stone unturned when searching for errors or flaws in the case against you!