Three Strikes Law

Three Strikes Law

Three Strikes Law

As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Patrick S. Aguirre knows the best strategies to employ to protect you from harsh Three Strikes penalties.

Many states, including California, have Three Strikes Laws designed to keep violent repeat offenders off the streets by attaching increasingly severe penalties to each successive offense. There is also a federal Three Strikes Law. Some of the crimes covered by these laws include:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Certain assaults
  • Gang crimes
  • Sexually violent offenses

While Three Strikes Laws may seem practical on paper, in practice they can result in extremely unfair penalties for individuals. This is why it is imperative to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of any crime that qualifies as a Strike—whether it would be your first, second, or third Strike.

Patrick S. Aguirre Handles State and Federal Strike Cases

Whether you are facing charges for a California or federal strike offense, Attorney Aguirre can provide the aggressive representation you need to secure the most beneficial outcome possible. This may include:

Beating the Charge: Depending on the evidence in your case, it may be possible for Attorney Aguirre to show that you are innocent of the underlying offense, or there is insufficient evidence to merit a conviction. Naturally, if the charges against you are dropped or you secure an acquittal at trial, the alleged offense cannot count as a Strike on your record.

Reducing the Charge: If you need to plead guilty due to overwhelming evidence, don’t give up. Attorney Aguirre will work hard to secure the best possible plea deal for you. In a Strike case, this deal will hopefully include a reduced charge as well as a reduced sentence. Remember, only felonies count as Strikes, so if your charge is reduced to a misdemeanor it cannot count as a Strike.

Striking a Prior Strike: Another way to avoid harsh Strike penalties when you need to plead guilty to a Third Strike offense is to file a motion asking a judge to dismiss a prior Strike. Depending on the nature of the current charge you are facing, along with various facts about your past offenses and your activity since then, the judge may determine that you do not deserve to suffer Third Strike penalties. Instead you will only face the regular penalties for the offense—and again, Attorney Aguirre will seek to minimize these penalties with a good plea deal.

Remember, Attorney Aguirre is qualified to appear in state and federal court. He’s been representing clients since 1998 and he has an excellent success rate in jury trials. You can rely on him for personalized attention and an aggressive but practical defense strategy tailored to the specifics of your case.

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Are you concerned that you may be facing Third Strike penalties for an alleged criminal offense? Call The Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 now to discuss your case during a free initial consultation.

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