Three Strikes Crimes

Facing a "strike" on your criminal record?

Three strikes law is a term that refers to having three criminal convictions. These criminal convictions can be mix of minor misdemeanors or serious felonies. Regardless of the classification of crime, once a person has been convicted of criminal offenses three times, they will automatically have to spend the rest of their life in prison. The Three Strikes Rules is both a state and federal sentencing guideline that must be adhered to judges within the Florida legal system.

Breakdown of Three Strikes Law for Violent Offenders

Enacted in July of 1999, the Three Strikes Law in the state of Florida was created and targeted towards those who were deemed to be "career criminals." These are also commonly referred to as habitual and repeat offenders. While there are many different facets of the law, one of the most prominent is the section that deals with repeat violent offenders. To be punished under this section of the law, there are five different elements that must be fulfilled:

  1. Defendant had two previous convictions for violent felonies
  2. These two convictions occurred on separate occasions
  3. Defendant is currently facing charges for a violent felony
  4. The current charged occurred either:
    • While serving a sentence for the previous convictions
    • Within five years of the previous conviction
    • Within five years of finishing sentencing
  5. The defendant had not received any sort of pardon

If the following are proven, the defendant will be slapped with the minimum penalties of the Three Strikes Law, including life in prison if the current charge is for a life felony. If it is a first degree felony, it will result in thirty years of imprisonment; a second degree felony will result in fifteen years and a third degree felony will cause the defendant to be imprisoned for five years.

Contact Thomas & Paulk

As one can imagine, receiving a third criminal conviction and then knowing you will have to spend the rest of your life in prison can be very devastating. For this reason, people who are charged with a criminal offense and are facing a third conviction need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Without their help, people stand little chance of avoiding life imprisonment. Thomas & Paulk takes every case very seriously. When a person's freedom is on the line, it is essential that the attorney representing that person devote themselves entirely to the case. That is precisely what Thomas & Paulk does. We understand the important role a defense attorney plays in representing a client facing a third strike and thus we fight to the end for each case we take on

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