DUI and California Three Strikes law
Many of our clients are concerned to know whether their DUI case could cause the courts to issue a DUI as strike against them. Most of our clients do not have a strike and are quite unsettled at the prospect of falling in that category. Those who already have one strike or two strikes are understandably even more concerned. California Three Strikes Law is a sentence that increases punishment for people that are repeat offenders.
If you or a loved one is facing a DUI as strike situation, even one not involving a DUI and needs to deal with California’s Three Strikes Law, call your San Diego Defenders team at (619) 258-8888 before you do anything else. Do not say anything more to the police or post bail before you speak to us.
What is the Three Strikes (3-strikes) Law?
The origin of the term is clear to most people, even if they do not follow baseball. Three strikes and you are out! The Three Strikes law was enacted in California to require that state courts hand down mandatory and extended prison time to an individual found guilty for a third time of a serious offense.
The Three Strikes Law means that if you are convicted of a crime and the judge considers it a serious offense, it will be considered as a strike. Accumulate three strikes and you will face mandatory prison time! The sentence will also be made harsher to account for any leniency you may have received previously.
Can I get a strike for a DUI?
The short answer is: absolutely yes! If you are convicted of a felony DUI, it will most likely be considered a strike. This is why it is so important to convince the prosecutor and the court to reduce the charge to a wobbler or even a misdemeanor. Many factors will enter into consideration and you should read all our articles under the DUI section of the home page to gain a better understanding of where your case falls. Under California DUI laws a person charged with a felony and has two or three strikes will face several years in State Prison.
But if you get a conviction of a felony DUI or anything more serious, it is vital to have an experienced lawyer at your side to negotiate a lesser penalty that can allow you to escape a strike and to keep you away from California’s Three Strikes Law.
If you or a loved one is facing a Three Strikes (3-Strikes) case contact our California Three Strikes Law Attorneys at (619) 258-8888 before you do anything else. If you have any additional questions, please contact our San Diego Criminal Lawyer for a free consultation 619-258-8888.