The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman Articles California’s Three Strikes Law

California’s Three Strikes Law

By The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman  Feb. 4, 2013 11:44a

California's Three Strikes Law was enacted in 1994 under Proposition 184. Under this law, three-time repeat offenders with previous serious or felony offense convictions face harsh prison sentences for a third conviction. A minimum sentence of 25 years to life is the enhanced penalty for third strikers. This enhanced penalty was legislated into effect in an effort to reduce crime in two ways. These include removing repeat offenders from the community for longer time periods as well as providing a way to discourage those who might commit such crimes from doing so.

The law also requires that consecutive, rather than concurrent, sentences be imposed on third strikers who commit multiple offenses. This means that if a third striker is convicted of two separate offenses, he will face two 25-year prison terms which would need to be served one after the other. It also doesn't matter how long ago his first or second strike offense convictions may have been when facing the sentencing for a third strike. Prosecutors may, however, file a motion to dismiss a third striker's previous strike convictions during the sentencing to "further justice." Third strikers are also not allowed to be placed on probation but must be placed in a state prison. Diversion programs are not allowed for third strikers.

Orange County Criminal Defense Firm

If you are facing a criminal offense, especially if you have previous serious or felony convictions, you should enlist the services of the most competent attorney you can find. You may be facing the prospect of a lengthy prison term, fines, and other court-ordered actions which can seriously impact your life and future. It is in your best interests to consult with an experienced legal professional who can advise you on your case and work to create the best possible defense in an effort to help you avoid a conviction.

The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman serves clients throughout the greater Orange County area. Attorney Bridgman is a former Deputy District Attorney with 30 years of experience in criminal law. He and his legal team offer capable and committed legal representation that is consistently responsive to your needs and concerns. They believe that everyone is deserving of excellent legal help; that is what you will find when you retain their services. Contact the firm to speak with one of the legal team about your case and learn more about what can be done in your defense.

Other Recent Articles

3 Arrested after Yorba Linda Residents Call In Suspicious Activity

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies have been on the lookout for suspects who may be part of a group that has been responsible for over 100 burglaries since October 2012.
More Articles »

Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter after Crash Kills his Brother

37-year-old F.B. has been charged with two felonies after a fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours last Monday.
More Articles »

OC Medical Practitioner Arrested for the 2004 Murder of his Wife

The now 60-year-old respiratory therapist, M.G., had been charged in 2004 for a domestic violence incident involving his wife.
More Articles »
(714) 963-5486
17500 Red Hill Avenue Suite 230
Irvine, CA 92614

(714) 964-1328

Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Main Website:
View Website
Contact our office by email or phone instantly by clicking the options below: