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Three Strike Crimes

Many states impose harsh sentences for repeat criminal offenders, but few have policies as sweeping and controversial as the Three Strikes Law in California. In theory, it makes sense to penalize those who are habitual offenders. In practice, California's Three Strikes Law often leads to unfairly harsh punishments that do not fit the crimes. There are inmates currently serving 20 years to life for committing minor theft crimes.

The dedicated Long Beach criminal defense attorneys at The Amer Law Firm are committed to getting our clients the best possible results. We have been able to give these individuals hope where there was none. We have been able to provide clients with opportunities to turn their lives around. We can do that for you too. Please contact us to find out how we can help you.

What is the Three Strikes Law?

Also known as "Three Strikes and You're Out Law," under California's Three Strikes law, those who have been convicted of two or more prior strikes face a life term sentence for the third felony conviction, even if that is not technically "a strike." Individuals who have two strikes on their record can end up serving lengthy sentences even when their third conviction is a nonviolent crime such as possessing less than a gram of narcotics or stealing a pizza.

California's Three Strikes Law is extremely harsh. Its goal is to deter crime and increase punishments for repeat offenders. Examples of serious or violent strikes under this law include:

This law is flawed because it does not allow convicted felons any room for redemption and rehabilitation. They do not get that valuable second chance to get their lives back on track. Instead of punishing violent criminals, it targets aging offenders who do not really pose a danger to society. In addition, Three Strikes Law has proven costly for the state of California by overcrowding the prisons. It also disproportionately affects minority communities.

Recent Changes in Three Strikes Law

In 2012, Proposition 36 eliminated life sentences for non-violent crimes. Now, only those convicted for three serious or violent crimes will face life sentences. Proposition 36 even allows inmates currently serving a life sentence to petition the court for a reduced sentence. Within eight months of the Three Strikes Reform Act, over 1,000 prisoners were released from custody.

Prior to 2012, any third felony automatically resulted in a 25-year-to-life sentence if the defendant had two strike priors. Now, the 25-years-to-life sentences are only imposed when the third offense is also a strike offense. If the third offense is a felony but not a strike, the defendant will still face an enhanced sentence that carries additional penalties.

Fighting for Your Rights

With the help of a competent criminal defense lawyer, it is possible for defendants to avoid lifelong penalties as a result of the Three Strikes Law. In many cases, the prosecutor, judge or even the defense attorney can move to dismiss strikes. A prosecutor may decide to "strike a strike" if he or she thinks that it will be too challenging to prove all the allegations. Judges have the discretion to dismiss strikes any time up until sentencing. Defense attorneys can file Romero Motions with the court asking the judge to dismiss strike allegations "in the furtherance of justice." When making a determination on a Romero motion, the court will take into consideration the nature of the current charge, when the priors occurred and the defendant's criminal history.

What We Can Do

If you or a loved one is facing incarceration as a result of the Three Strikes Law, the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Amer Law Firm may be able to help you. We will assess all the evidence to determine whether to aggressively fight the charges, prepare to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor or to file a motion to cancel a strike. Our knowledgeable defense lawyers have helped dismiss a number of these cases and have successfully negotiated for lesser penalties. Please contact us at (866) 431-2637 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.

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