Strikes Charges in California: First Strike Offenses
Allegedly in an effort to crack down on crime, the State of California enacted “Three Strikes” legislation in 1994 to put repeat offenders of felony crimes behind bars on a long-term or life imprisonment basis. To qualify as a “strike,” the crime must be a violent felony (murder, robbery, with a deadly weapon, rape and other sex offense, assault with great bodily harm) or a serious felony which includes but is not limited to burglary, carjacking and some domestic violence and many types of assault and battery charges)
On the first strike conviction, the defendant must go to prison. Without a good lawyer, the right lawyer, Lucy S. McAllister, prison is mandatory.
Even though the California’s three-strikes law doesn’t add any special penalties for a first felony conviction, it counts as a strike and this is a serious legal issue. A first strike is charged and sentenced in the same way as any other felony conviction, without the sentence enhancements that second and third strikes bring. People facing a first conviction for a strike crime may not believe there’s any special urgency to their cases. This is so wrong. Each time you face strike charges, you are facing charges that could take you down the path to a life sentence.
Lucy S. McAllister is an aggressive lawyer, a true fighter for YOUR rights. The first thing she will do is research all the facts and find any mistakes the police made so the strike charges can be dismissed.
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Criminal Defense Attorney Lucy S. McAllister defends clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who have been accused, charged, or arrested for criminal offenses in Santa Clara County, San Benito County, San Mateo County, Monterey County, Alameda County, and San Francisco County. Clients come to us from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including communities such as Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Salinas, Monterey, San Benito, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Gilroy, San Martin, and Morgan Hill, Redwood City, San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Newark, and Hayward.