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Helping You Understand Your Rights Under The Three Strikes Law

If you have a felony conviction on your record, you may be wondering how it will impact your life. Aside from impacting your ability to secure certain loans or employment or remain eligible for certain educational grants and licenses, felony convictions can lead to far more severe consequences if you are charged with another felony down the road. This is because of California’s Three Strikes law.

Even with amendments to the law, it’s important for people who are facing felony charges to speak to a skilled defense attorney as soon as possible. Defending yourself from the possibility of harsh sentences and the loss of freedoms and privileges is crucial.

For nearly 20 years, Richard Wingerden, lead attorney at The Law Offices Of Richard Wingerden, has studied and practiced criminal law here in California. He is well-versed in the Three Strikes law, and he can help you understand how it applies to your specific situation and what options you have to defend yourself and your future.

What Is The Three Strikes Law?

Enacted in 1994, the Three Strikes law aimed to deter future crime by enforcing progressively steeper sentences for subsequent felony convictions after an initial conviction for a serious and/or violent felony. Prior to its amendment in 2012, the Three Strikes law stated the following:

  • Second strike: If a person had a prior felony conviction on their record, any new felony conviction would result in a sentence that was twice the term associated with the crime.
  • Third strike: If a defendant had two prior convictions, any new felony conviction would result in a prison sentence of 25 years to life.

As mentioned, the Three Strikes law has been amended to include the following new provisions:

  • To qualify as a “third strike,” the third felony conviction must now be for a serious or violent felony crime.
  • Anyone currently serving time for a third strike in which the third conviction was not for a serious or violent crime can petition the court for a sentence reduction to that of a second strike.

Richard Wingerden Is The Attorney Who Will Fight For You

When you work with attorney Wingerden, you can rest easy knowing your case will be taken seriously and every effort will be made to ensure that you get the best possible outcome. Mr. Wingerden has nearly two decades of experience handling a wide range of criminal matters, including felony charges. His strength is his ability to find creative solutions that aim to reduce consequences and minimize legal exposure.

Your defense starts with a thorough review of the facts and evidence in the case. No detail is insignificant or overlooked. Mr. Wingerden will build a narrative that tells the whole story, not just what prosecutors want you to hear. He then uses his courtroom experience to seek the best possible resolution, even if it means taking matters to trial.

Defend Your Rights And Future. Get Help Today.

Prosecutors often take an aggressive approach to convictions in felony cases, so it’s important to contact an attorney right away to ensure that you understand the charges against you and what your rights and options are. The Law Offices Of Richard Wingerden can help. Call Mr. Wingerden’s San Jose office at 408-273-8239 or send him an email. All initial consultations are free.