Violent And Serious Felonies
Proven Criminal Defense Attorney In Hanford
Serious and violent felonies can have grave consequences. A serious or violent felony counts as a “strike” in California’s Three Strikes Law.
A serious felony, as defined by California P.C. § 1192.7(c), includes, but is not limited to:
- Murder or manslaughter
- Rape, sodomy by force, or oral copulation by force
- Attempted murder
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Exploding a destructive device with intent to injure
- Intimidation of victims or witnesses
Violent felonies often overlap with serious felonies and are defined by P.C. § 1192.7(c). The difference between the two charges is the circumstances surrounding the specific crime or crimes committed, the circumstances of the particular case, and the defendant’s criminal history.
The Three Strikes Law
California has implemented a system to manage penalties for repeat felony offenders. Under the original Three Strikes Law, offenders with one prior violent or serious felony offense were sentenced to state prison for twice the sentence provided for the crime. Third-time serious felony offenders with two prior serious or violent felony convictions were mandated to serve between 25 years and life in prison. In 2012, the law was amended to only mandate the 25-years-to-life-imprisonment sentence for third-time offenders whose third offense was a violent or serious felony, and not a lesser crime.
Your Trial-Tested Defense Attorney
Serious and violent felony charges can be life-changing for you and your family. If you have been accused of a serious or violent felony, you need a defense that has been proven to get results. Our Hanford criminal defense attorneys have a track record of thousands of cases handled and over 55 years of combined experience defending criminal charges. Our lead attorney is a former prosecutor, he has tried over 80 cases, so he knows what the prosecution is looking for. We believe that building a strong relationship with clients and encouraging open conversation will lead to the best case outcomes, and he is dedicated to earning your trust.
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