Attorney Jennifer Monroe has over 15 years experience handling cases involving Three Strikes. She specializes in the defense of persons charged with Three Strikes cases throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County.
How does the Three Strike Law Work?
The Three Strikes law increases punishment for repeat offenders previously convicted of 1 or more strikes. The law also requires that repeat offenders serve more of their prison term by serving 75 to 80 percent of their prison term.
What is a Strike?
A strike is a conviction of a serious or violent felony. Serious felonies are listed in California Penal Code Section 1192.7(c) and Violent felonies are listed in California Penal Code Section 667.5(c). Common serious or violent felonies are listed below. The Three Strikes law does NOT apply to misdemeanors or general felonies.
Upon conviction of your First Strike the judge will sentence you to whatever the determinant terms is. For example if the determinate term is 2, 3, or 4 years in prison then you will be sentenced to 2, 3, or 4 years. As you can see the Three Strikes Law doesn’t apply to first strike offenders.
Upon conviction of your Second Strike or any subsequent felony with One Strike on your record the Three Strikes Law applies and the determinate term is doubled. For example if the determinate term is 2, 3, or 4 years in prison then you will be sentenced to 4, 6, or 8 years.
Upon conviction of your Third Strike you can be sentence you to 25 years to life in prison. As of 2012 the third conviction must be a strike to trigger the enhanced sentenced. A conviction for a felony with two prior strikes on your record as 2012 only imposes second strike treatment and the determinate term is doubled.
How to Strike a Strike
If you have a strike on your record an experienced criminal defense attorney can motion the court to strike your prior strike in order to avoid doubling of the determinate term in a Two Strike case and avoid 25 to life in a Three Strikes case. Contact Jennifer Monroe to see how she can help with your Three Strikes Case.
Common serious or violent felonies that qualify as a Strike
Any Felony Punishable by Death or Imprisonment for Life
Any Felony using a Firearm or Inflicting Great Bodily Injury (GBI)
Assault by a life prisoner on a non-inmate
Carjacking with a Deadly Weapon
Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child
Exploding any Device with Intent to Murder or Injure
Grand Theft involving a Firearm
Mayhem (serious and deliberate injury that disfigures or disables a person)
Murder or Voluntary Manslaughter
Offering to or selling, furnishing, administering, or giving, to a minor any heroin, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), or any methamphetamine-related drug
Oral Copulation by Force
Sexual Abuse of a Child under 14 years of age
Sodomy by Force
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Call Jennifer Monroe directly at (805) 501-1880 for immediate assistance with your assault and battery case.