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WHAT IS YOUR BEST STRATEGY IF YOU ARE FACING A CASE RELATED TO THE THREE STRIKES LAW IN LOS ANGELES?

I have been practicing criminal defense in Los Angeles since the "Three Strikes Law" came into effect in California in the early 1990's. It has both changed and evolved in the almost twenty five years of being in existence and it definitely appears that it is here to stay and if you have strike priors, you better get an attorney that knows what they are doing. When I evaluate these cases for my clients I am looking at the same things the judge and prosecutor are and trying to strategize what I can bring to the bear that will save my client years in prison.

In evaluating a three strikes case the court will look at the prior offense or offenses, the current offense and the defendant's over all criminal record in deciding how to handle the case and the sentence. The three strikes law was enacted to punish career criminals and make sure they not longer commit crimes in society. The newer the strike, the more likely the judge or prosecutor will not strike it for purposes of the three strikes law. In fact, the prosecutors have a ten year policy and typically say they will not consider striking a strike unless it is at least ten years old. However, I have seen them and judges strike strikes that are within ten years of the current offense as long as there are other factors in place that the defense attorney can successfully argue.

You should sit down with a seasoned attorney as soon as possible and figure what can be done to achieve the best result. I sit down with my clients and let them know exactly what we need to be in the best position and what they can do to assist in their own defense. Sometimes it seems hopeless when the government is stacked up against you. However, if your case is handled the right way, you give yourself the best chance of success. It is important to let the judge and prosecutor know what makes you a good person and the redeeming qualities that you possess that warrant giving you a break. If we can humanize you and show them the lives you have touched in a positive way, we put you in the best position to win.

The Policy Behind The Three Strikes Law - Los Angeles Criminal Attorney

The three strikes law, created in 1994, was created for the purpose of trying to prevent people from continuously committing crimes. What the three strikes laws is really aimed at doing is stopping career criminal defendants from continuing to commit crimes and be a plaque on society. Hence, if the subject defendant does not have much of a record, we will have a good argument to strike a strike or avoid one completely. If, on the other hand, the subject person has a record dating back years which is getting worse and worse, then the prosecutor and judge will be looking to put them away for as long as possible.

Before the law was created, prison population was up 400% and greatly decreased after the three strikes law came into effect although overcrowding still remains an issue. The govenor of California has created more and more programs to continue to shrink the prison population. Since the inception of the Three Strikes Law, I have seen the prosecutor use it as a powerful weapon in forcing criminal defendants into deals that they normally would not accept. However, with the weight of this law behind them, it has been a battle to make sure clients are treated in a fair manner.

The way three strikes law works is that if you are convicted of a violent felony, you get a strike on your record. Then, if you are convicted of a second criminal offense, whether violent or non-violent, you will get a second strike and your prison sentenced can be doubled from the original sentence the second crime carries. If you have two strikes, and are convicted of crime, even if it's a simple assault, because of the three strikes law, you can be facing life in prison.

What Can Be Done About The Higher Percentage Of Time That Inmates Have To Serve - Three Strikes Defense Lawyer in LA

When it comes to the Three Strikes Law and the percentage of time that is served, the percentage is dictated by the charge that the crimimal defendant pleads to in a given case. If the person pleas to a violent felony, then they will serve 85% of the time. If they plead to a serious felony, then they will serve 80% of the time. There is no such thing as negotiating the percentage. If a criminal defense attorney is going to negotiate on behalf of their client, then they will be negotiating what charge they plead to. If the person does not plead to a strike related offense, then they will serve 50% of the time.

Most crimes that are counted as a strike on your criminal record are murder, assault with a deadly weapon, sexual assault, rape, child molestation, drug trafficking, drug transportation, drug sales, burglary, auto theft, carjacking, domestic violence just to name a few.

Our Criminal Attorneys have the experience and skill to handle all cases in the arena of criminal defense. We do everything we can to avoid prison, especially a life sentence if you are facing a third strike and we provide dedicated representation to get the job done.

If you are facing a three strikes crime or have any questions concerning the three strikes law contact the Hedding Law Firm for a free case evaluation.

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