California's "Three Strikes" Law
An Aggressive Approach from Our Nevada County Criminal Defense Attorneys
For years, California’s "three strikes" sentencing law gave 25 years to life prison sentences to even non-violent offenders who had at least two prior serious or violent felony convictions. Fortunately, in 2012 this law was changed.
With the passage of Proposition 36, the law changed so that you cannot receive a third strike 25 to life sentence unless your third offense is also a serious or violent felony. While this is a substantial change, facing a felony charge with prior strike convictions is still an extremely serious matter.
Presenting a high-quality defense in complex cases with prior strike convictions takes special skills. At Leupp & Woodall, our Nevada County criminal defense lawyers have six decades of combined criminal defense experience and are equipped to handle these precarious situations for our clients. We are known and respected by both judges and prosecutors, and our long track record of success speaks to the diligence and advocacy we offer California's accused.
Our proven professionals are ready to review your third strike case. Contact our offices at (530) 836-5062 today.
Re-sentencing to Previous Third Strike Sentences
One of the most encouraging elements of Proposition 36 was that it allowed some individuals serving a three-strike sentence to have their sentence reviewed and reduced. This has already resulted in many shortened sentences for California inmates whose “third strike: was a non-violent, non-serious offense, but who were sentenced to 25 to life before Proposition 36 took effect.
If you win a reduction of your three strikes sentence, you may be eligible for parole. Changes in the California three-strikes sentencing laws have made them less harsh, but the guidelines still focus on inflicting severe punishment on repeat offenders. Having a robust defense in court on every charge you face is the best way to minimize your penalties.
At Leupp & Woodall, we are committed to our clients and want the best possible outcome for them. For a free case review of your three strikes case, contact us today.