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Are You Facing a Criminal Charge That Could Be a Third Strike?

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California’s Three Strikes Law

The California 3 Strikes Law labels certain criminal offenses as "strikes." Any felony conviction for someone with two or more strikes in their past can mean prison for life. The law was intended to keep dangerous repeat offenders off the streets, but there are many horror stories of non-violent people falling victim to the law. An 18-year old with two burglaries on his record who is arrested for possessing a minute quantity of methamphetamine at age 20 can spend the rest of his life in prison. Stealing a slice of pizza, or breath mints and a bottle of liquor can be enough to make some prosecutors believe that you should be housed at taxpayer expense well into your golden years.

Attorney William C. Makler can not only help you understand the California Three Strikes Law -- he may also be able to help you avoid becoming convicted of a strike in the first place. He is available for a free and confidential initial consultation to discuss how the Three Strikes law may apply to your case; contact us to set up an appointment to speak with Mr. Makler, free of charge.

What Counts as a Strike?

There are few hard and fast simple rules about what constitutes a strike and what does not. One definite rule, however, is that misdemeanors, such as most DUI / DWI charges, are never strikes. Some felony charges result in strikes, and some do not; it depends both on the crime, your situation, and whether your attorney can negotiate to keep a strike off your record.

To guard against gaining a strike, you need a lawyer who knows the laws well. William C. Makler has extensive experience dealing with the complexities surrounding the California Three Strikes Law. He can help you determine whether:

These depend on the crime, and include such measures as drug treatment or plea bargaining.

Bear in mind, as well, that strikes gained in a 1st or 2nd offense can be stricken from your record after the fact. If a judge finds good enough reason to not treat previous convictions as strikes, he or she can strike them and bring about a lesser sentence. Judges make these decisions based both upon the person involved, the severity of the strike priors, how long ago they occurred, and the severity of the instant offense. They may not strike strike priors, however, for any personal antipathy they may hold against the Three Strikes law.

It is beneficial to speak with a lawyer experienced in defending cases involving strike priors before assuming whether a judge is likely to strike a strike. If you or a loved one are facing a criminal charge with one or more strike priors alleged anywhere in the Tri-County area (e.g., Santa Barbara, Ventura, or San Luis Obispo), you may contact Mr. Makler any time for a free inital consultation. Simply complete the contact form at right.

Call us now at (805) 892-4922 for a free, no obligation consultation, or fill in your information in the contact form to the right and Mr. Makler will get back to you as soon as possible, frequently within a few minutes.

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