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LIST OF STRIKE OFFENSES IN CALIFORNIA

As a criminal defense attorney who has handled numerous serious felony cases, the issue of strike offenses and California’s Three Strikes and You’re Out Law arises quite often. Many times a client who is charged with a felony will have the added burden of facing one or multiple strikes put on his or her criminal record along with other possible punishments for the criminal act they are accused of.

In this blog I will list the specific crimes that will constitute a “strike” offense under California Three Strikes and You’re Out Law. If a person is convicted in a criminal court for any of these crimes, they will also have a strike on their record. This will affect the sentencing of both the current criminal case and any future criminal cases that a person may be charged with later.

If you or someone you love is charged with a felony crime in California and face the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence and/or a strike on your criminal record, your first call should be to an experienced criminal defene attorney who will be able to protect your right and interests.

There is always something that can be done to avoid the drastic consequences of a criminal conviction and a good criminal defense attorney will be creative in his approach and think outside the box when his client is facing the harsh criminal penalties for a strike offense. FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION CALL US TOLL FREE AT 888 335-6008 OR CONTACT US HERE.

THE CRIMINAL LAW OF THREE STRIKES AND YOU’RE OUT

The list of strike offenses in California is found in the California Penal Code Section 667.5 for violent felony crimes and in California Penal Code Sections 1192.7 and 1192.8 for serious felony crimes. As you will see below the list is extensive and covers a variety of criminal conduct that can be charged in criminal court in California.

LIST OF VIOLENT FELONY CRIMES THAT CONSTITUTE STRIKES IN CALIFORNIA

  • Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Rape
  • Forcible Sodomy
  • Forcible Oral Copulation
  • Lewd Acts on a Child Under 14
  • Any Felony Punished by Death or Life Without Parole
  • Any Felony that is also coupled with:
    • Armed Sexual Assault
    • Great Bodily Injury
    • Great Bodily Occurring Injury During a Sex Assault
    • A Criminal Act that Ends a Pregnancy
    • The Personal Use of a Firearm
    • The Discharge of a Firearm From a Vehicle (drive by shooting)
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Forced Penetration
  • Attempted Murder
  • Explosives Charges
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault In Order to Commit Mayhem or a Sexual Act
  • Continuous Sexual Abuse
  • Carjacking
  • Extortion with a Gang Allegation
  • Criminal Threats with a Gang Allegation
  • Residential Burglary
  • Discharge of a Firearm during a Felony
  • Possession of Weapon of Mass Destruction

LIST OF SERIOUS FELONY CRIMES THAT CONSTITUTE STRIKES IN CALIFORNIA

  • Murder and Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Rape
  • Forcible Sodomy
  • Forcible Oral Copulation
  • Lewd Act on a Child Under 14
  • Any Felony Punished By Death or Life Without Parole
  • Any Felony with Personal Infliction of Great Bodily Injury or Firearm Use
  • Attempted Murder
  • Assault with Intent to Rape or Commit Robbery
  • Assault with a deadly Weapon on a Police Officer
  • Lifer Assault on Non-Inmate
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon by and Inmate
  • Arson
  • Causing an Explosion with the Intent to Injure Another
  • Causing an Explosion that Results in Great Bodily Injury
  • Causing an Explosion with the intent to Commit Burglary in the 1st Degree
  • Robbery and Bank Robbery
  • Kidnapping
  • Prisoner Hostage
  • Attempt of any Felony Punishable By Death or Life Without Parole
  • Any Felony that Involves the Personal Use Deadly or Dangerous Weapon as Defined by Criminal Statute
  • Providing Drugs to a Minor
  • Forcible Sexual Penetration
  • Grand Theft Using A Firearm
  • Carjacking
  • Felony Gang Allegation
  • Assault In Order to Commit Mayhem or a Sexual Act
  • Throwing Acid at a Person
  • Certain Assaults With a Deadly Weapon
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Discharge of a Firearm into an Inhabited Building
  • Rape in Concert
  • Child Molestation in Most Cases
  • Drive By Shooting
  • Dissuading a Victim
  • Criminal Threats
  • Attempt of All of the Above Listed Crimes
  • Personal Use of a Firearm During the Commission of A Felony
  • Possession of a Weapon of Mass Destruction
  • Conspiracy to Commit and of the Listed Crimes

As you can see this list of crimes that constitute a strike in California is extensive. A good criminal defense attorney will have an understanding of not only the criminal provisions that list the strike crimes in California but also the crimes themselves. Many times, we have been able to resolve our client’s felony criminal matters without a strike and without any jail time. It always seems worst at the beginning of a case. The right criminal defense attorney can make it better. FOR A FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION CALL US TOLL FREE AT 888 335-6008.