The Three Strikes Law

The Three Strikes Law

Do you know about the ‘three strikes law’ about sentencing? Under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, ‘Three strikes’ can lead to mandatory life imprisonment in some situations. You obviously want to avoid life imprisonment at all costs in your case.

You might be imprisoned for life if you –

  • have been convicted for a violent felony OR
  • have 2 or more previous convictions in federal or state courts, at least one of which was serious in nature.

Here are the important things you should know about the three strikes law.

Violent Felony

Things that may qualify as a serious violent felony and could make you fall under the three strikes law are –

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Sex offenses
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery

The three strikes law has been controversial because many people believe that a life imprisonment sentence after the third strike is not constitutional, even if there is a posed threat. This is why it makes sense to have an experienced criminal defense attorney with you if you are facing charges the third time for a crime that you have previously been convicted of.

If you think you may be subject to the three strikes law, seek legal help immediately.

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