June 10, 2024 By Paul Wallin

How We Can Help You Beat a “Three Strikes Case” In California

If you are facing a “three strikes case” in California you are likely to be extremely worried about going to prison for many years. The three strikes law in California is very complicated. We have provided you with this very important information so you can understand how you can defend yourself or a loved one who may be facing this serious criminal charge. We have been helping people successfully fight “three strikes cases” for over 40 years and we will be there for you when you contact us. We can answer your questions and guide you through all aspects of this type of criminal case. Call Wallin & Klarich today toll-free at (877) 466-5245 for your free consultation with our experienced attorneys.

Introduction to the Three Strikes Law

The Three Strikes Law, also known as the Three Strikes Law, was enacted in California in 1994. This legislation aimed to reduce violent crime by giving harsher penalties to repeat offenders. 

Understanding the Law

Criteria for a “Strike”

Under California’s Three Strikes Law, a “strike” is defined as a conviction for a violent or serious felony. Examples of such crimes include:

  • Violent Felonies: Murder, rape, robbery, and certain cases of assault.
  • Serious Felonies: Burglary of a residence, certain drug offenses, and crimes involving weapons.

It’s important to note that not all felonies qualify as strikes; the law specifically targets those deemed particularly serious.

You Could Be Facing a Sentence of 25 Years to Life in Prison if You’re Convicted of a Third Strike 

One of the most significant aspects of the Three Strikes Law is its mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines:

  • First Strike: Standard sentencing for the felony committed. This means that you will receive only the penalty of the crime you have been convicted of.
  • Second Strike: If an individual with one prior strike is convicted of another strike felony, their sentence is doubled.
  • Third Strike: If an individual with two prior strikes is convicted of any new felony, they face a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Impact on Parole Eligibility

The law also affects parole eligibility. Individuals sentenced under the Three Strikes Law often serve longer sentences before being eligible for parole, significantly impacting their chances of early release.

Common Misconceptions

“Three-Strikes and You’re Out”

A common misconception is that any third felony results in a life sentence. You should contact our office to see whether your case qualifies as a “third strike”.

Legal Defense Strategies

Plea Bargaining

Plea bargaining can be an effective strategy for those facing charges under the Three Strikes Law. By negotiating with the prosecution, an accused individual may plead guilty to a lesser charge, potentially avoiding a strike on their record.


Recent changes in the law offer opportunities for resentencing. Individuals serving life sentences for nonviolent, non-serious third strikes may petition the court for a reduced sentence.

Seeking Legal Advice

Given the complexities of the Three Strikes Law, seeking experienced legal advice is essential. A Wallin and Klarich criminal defense attorney can provide you with valuable advice, explore all possible defense strategies with you and fight for you in court..

Contact Wallin & Klarich Today 

If you are facing charges that could lead to a “strike”, you need an aggressive defense attorney to fight for your freedom. With 40+ years of experience, our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped thousands of clients win their cases or get their charges reduced to a lesser degree. We know the most effective defenses to argue on your behalf, and we will do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible result in your case. Call us for a free consultation to see if we can help you at 877-466-5245. We will be there when you call. We have offices in Irvine, Pasadena, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Torrance, Victorville, West Covina, and Anaheim. Call us for a free consultation at 877-466-5245. We will be there to answer your questions in your time of need.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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