A strike is a serious or violent felony. California defines serious or violent felonies under penal code sections 667.5 (c) and 1192.7(c). Serious or violent felonies include rape, murder, residential burglary, Assault with a deadly weapon and arson. A strike affects the maximum penalties which you could receive for subsequent offenses. If you have a prior strike and pick up any new felony case you can face additional prison time that would not normally be associated with the new crime that you committed. With two subsequent strikes you face 25 to life with any new felony offense.
Given the severity of the consequences that you face, you cannot face these charges alone. A state prison sentence can result in the loss of your job, family and freedom. Do not let one bad decision affect your entire life. Hire representation from a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Robert J. Hickey is here to help. Mr. Hickey has defended numerous clients facing strike cases and has successfully gotten them reductions in their cases or the charges. Contact our offices today for a free initial case consultation.