Texas is one of 26 states that has adopted a three strikes law. These types
of laws aim to keep habitual offenders locked up for life – if an
individual is arrested and convicted of three felonies, under the three
strikes law, he or she is subject to face an extended prison sentence.
Oftentimes these sentences can be 15 years to life or 25 years to life.
In this blog, our
Houston criminal defense attorney explains the three strikes law.
Which convictions are considered as a strike?
Generally, states that have a three strikes law consider serious or violent
felonies as strikes. These types of crimes usually include burglary, robbery,
kidnapping, murder, and any other type of offense that results in great
bodily harm. The three strikes system is debated by many who argue that
the three strikes law attempts to solve an issue with a blanket solution,
which can end up incarcerating individuals who would ordinarily not be
a threat to society.
Can nonviolent crimes count as strikes?
Unlike California, where the state’s third strike can be a nonviolent
crime, Texas focuses the third strike based on the severity of past offenses
and prior felonies. For example, if an individual’s first two strikes
are two first-degree felonies, penalties for the third strike will be
judged with the two first offenses factored in.
Facing a ‘third strike’ offense?
If you’ve been arrested for a ‘third strike’ offense,
it’s imperative that you contact a trusted Houston criminal defense
attorney to safeguard your future. Being charged with a crime under the
three strikes law does not automatically guarantee that you will face
a lengthy jail sentence – there is still hope to build the defense
At The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC, we’ve worked tirelessly to
protect our reputation of being honorable, dependable, and determined.
Call (713) 289-2009 to
request your free case evaluation.