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Three Strikes imposes longer prison sentences for anyone convicted of a
felony who has one or more previous convictions for serious or violent
It is important to realize that the new conviction can be for any felony, not just for a violent or serious felony.
Second strike offense: The sentence is twice the prison term otherwise required.
Third strike offense: The sentence is life imprisonment with a minimum 25 years sentence.
Further, Strike sentences must be served consecutively not concurrently. Probation, suspension, or diversion are not allowed. "Good time" credit in prison is one-fifth the term rather than one half. Time since previous convictions not considered.
Prosecutors can dismiss strikes in "furtherance of justice" and they can also amend a misdemeanor charge to a felony. Also, judges have little leeway in strikes sentencing, as the prison terms are set by law.
Because of the increased severity of second and third strike sentences, you need an attorney experienced in handling such cases. Bill Paparian is that attorney.