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Prop 36 “Three Strikes” law

Posted by Seth Chazin | Dec 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Proposition 36, A.K.A. the “Three Strikes Reform Act of 2012 Initiative” passed on November 6, 2012. This new law limits the ability of California courts to impose a life sentence for individuals convicted of certain nonviolent felonies despite having two or more prior serious or violent felonies (or “strikes”) on their record.

A new section (1170.126) of the Penal Code, also permits anyone who is currently serving a life term after being convicted of a qualified nonviolent or non-serious felony who also had two or more qualified prior serious or violent felonies (strikes) on their record to petition for resentencing; unless the court decides that resentence would pose an unreasonable risk to public safety, the court must resentence the person.

This means that if you have two “Strikes” and are arrested for a third felony, and that third felony falls under certain nonviolent categories, the court is not required to impose a life sentence.

In addition, if you or someone you know has been sentenced to a life term under the old Three Strikes law, he or she may be eligible to be resentenced to a non-life term.If you or someone you know falls into this category, we may be able to assist in procuring a lower sentence or to have a previous sentence reduced.

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Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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“The death penalty is a lie, a misguided mistake born of anger and frustration. Capital punishment has become a perverse monument to inequality, to how some lives matter and others do not. It is a violent example of how we protect and value the rich and abandon and devalue the poor. The death penalty is a grim, disturbing shadow formed by the legacy of racial apartheid and bias against the poor that condemns the disfavored among us, but corrupts us all. It’s the perverse symbol elected officials use to strengthen their ‘tough on crime’ reputations and distract us from confronting the causes of violence. It is finally the enemy of grace, redemption and all of us who recognize that each person is more than their worse act.”
- Bryan Stevenson