Understanding the Three Strikes Law
San Jose Criminal Defense Lawyer
In an effort to discourage repeat offenders, most states have some form
of law that enforces enhanced penalties for certain felony offenses. This
is commonly referred to as a Three Strikes Law. A defendant who is convicted
of three qualifying felony offenses will face up to life in prison upon
the third conviction. Each conviction may be referred to as a "strike"
on the defendant's record, with the principle "three strikes
and you're out" fully implemented upon that third conviction.
The Seriousness of Facing a "Strike" on Your Record
Our state has some of the toughest laws in regard to three strike crimes.
A conviction for a violent or serious felony offense may qualify as a
strike if the defendant is convicted. A second strike will result in double
the normal penalties, and a third strike for any felony offense, even
if not violent or serious, may result in the defendant facing 25 years
to life in prison. This means that if a defendant has two strikes on his
or her record and is arrested for such an offense as felony petty theft or
felony DUI, he or she will be in danger of facing life in state prison. Make sure
your legal rights are protected in the face of a first, second or third strike.
Why Choose Thomas F. Mueller
Whether you have no criminal record and are facing your first strike, or
if you are in danger of facing life in prison for a third strike, you
need an aggressive lawyer to represent your interests and present your
side of the story to the court.
With experience in defending clients facing criminal charges that qualify
as strikes under California's Three Strikes laws, Attorney Thomas
F. Mueller can offer you the assistance you need in this important matter.
With more than four decades of legal experience including a background
in prosecution and as a former judge pro tem, Attorney Mueller can provide
the level of legal representation that makes all the difference for his clients.
Schedule an initial, free case evaluation and discuss your charges with an experienced San Jose defense attorney.