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Gainesville, Florida 32607
 
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  Three Strikes
If you are faced with a criminal offense and it may be considered your third strike, then you need help immediately. In the state of Florida, a third strike may result in life in prison without parole. When it comes to the rest of your life, can you afford to take a chance with an inexperienced lawyer? Don’t risk your chances by entrusting one of our legal representatives to protect your rights and the rest of your life.

What is the Three Strikes Law?
On July 1, 1999 Florida began to impose the Three Strike Law. If you receive three separate felony convictions, you are sentenced to jail for life. The reasoning behind this law is that those who are considered repeat offenders pose a serious threat to society and should be imprisoned for the greater good. Many states only count the first two strikes for violent or serious crimes while lowering the threshold for the third crime. For instance, any felony, including shoplifting or forgery, may be counted as your third strike.

There are five criteria that have to be met in order for the state to show that the accused is a repeat offender.
  1. The accused has been convicted of a violent felony twice before.
  2. Each conviction, including the third, took place on separate occasions.
  3. The present offense in question is a violent felony, such as arson, battery, robbery, and murder.
  4. The offense in question was committed while serving a prior sentence or within five years of being convicted for a previous event.
  5. The accused has been acquitted of any prior convictions or have had any previous convictions overturned.

Third Strike Consequences
If the third conviction is a for a life felony, the court may hand down a life term prison sentence. A third conviction for a first degree felony may come with a 30-year prison term. Additionally, a second degree felony may result in a 15-year sentence while a third degree felony may come with a 5-year sentence.

If you are concerned that you may be faced with a three strikes penalty, then the time is now to contact one of our respected and dedicated lawyers. There is a reason they call it the “Three Strike” Law. After three separate felonies, you may be being kicked out of society for good. Don’t let this happen to you, contact us today.

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