Serious Felonies

 Penal Code section 667, otherwise known as "Three Strikes, You're Out," gives California the most barbaric criminal justice system in the country.  Under this provision, if a person has two prior "serious or violent" felonies, the commission of a new felony including petty theft or minor drug offenses can result in a sentence of 25 years to life.  Moreover, the list of "serious or violent" felonies keeps growing for example, with the passage of Proposition 21, a mere verbal threat of violence is now a "strike."  Despite the trust the voters have shown in prosecutors to "do the right thing," many aggressive prosecutors feel that they have an obligation to push this draconian law to its limit.

If you have been charged with a felony, you should be especially careful that you understand the consequences of your plea.  Mr. Feinland has represented clients who were initially charged with crimes which would have resulted in "strikes" on their record, which were eventually dismissed or reduced to less serious convictions.

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