The Three Strikes Law

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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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Kerry L. Armstrong


Attorney Kerry Armstrong opened up his law firm in June 2007. Mr. Armstrong attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University. Kerry L. Armstrong became certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization for criminal law in August 2020, making him one of the few criminal defense attorneys with a criminal law legal specialization certificate in San Diego County.  Between 2014 – 2019, Mr. Armstrong was selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers list, an honor only awarded to 5% of the nation’s attorneys.

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