There are many crimes that are considered “serious” felonies in the state of California. These felonies are listed in Penal Code 1192.7(c). This distinction matters when it comes to California’s “Three Strikes Law” because a serious felony can count as one strike on an individual’s record. Each strike leads to more serious consequences and a longer prison sentence.
Learn more about the Three Strikes law with the Simmrin Law Group, including the crimes that are considered serious felonies in California and how to fight back. Contact us right now for answers to your legal questions at (310) 997-4688.
Serious Felonies and the Three Strikes Law in California
Any of the serious felonies listed under PC 1192.7(c) can lead to a “strike” in California. However, these are not the only strikes used in court in California. Penal Code 1192.8(a) also lists felony charges that are considered strikes. Additionally, other violent felonies are sometimes treated as strikes.
When it comes to the strike system in California, the court can place a strike on an individual’s record after a conviction. These strikes increase the penalties an individual faces if they are convicted of subsequent penalties.
Individuals convicted of a second strike will have their prison time doubled in California. A third strike can lead to life in prison. Therefore, it is crucial that you take these felony charges seriously. Don’t delay. Learn how a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles can help by calling our team today at (310) 997-4688 for more information.
A List of Some of California’s Serious Felonies
There are several serious felony charges levied in the state of California. Let’s break these felonies down into different categories to review them. Individuals can face serious charges if they are accused of:
There are many different types of assault in California. These charges include:
- Assault by an inmate with a deadly weapon
- Assault on a non-inmate by a prisoner
- Assault with caustic chemicals
Individuals can face serious felony charges for committing assault against:
- Public transit employees
- Peace officers
- Custodial officers
- School employees
It is also a serious crime to commit assault with the intent to commit:
- Oral copulation
The court considers the following sex crimes to be serious felonies:
- Oral copulation by force
- Lewd conduct with a minor under 14
- Continuous sexual abuse of a child
Other Violent Crimes
Other violent crimes that are considered serious felonies in the state of California include:
- Murder or attempted murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Robbery or bank robbery
- Discharge of a firearm
- Shooting from a vehicle
- Intimidating witnesses
- Making criminal threats
Additional Serious Felonies
Serious felonies in California are felonies that can lead to the death penalty or life in prison. Any felonies that result in great bodily harm are serious felonies. These charges include:
- Exploding destructive devices
- Taking a hostage as a prisoner
- Grand theft
- Conspiracy to carry out a serious felony
Additionally, drug crimes are sometimes considered serious felonies in California. Individuals who sell, give, or administer certain illicit drugs can face serious felony charges. Allow the team at the Simmrin Law Group to help you build a strong defense against serious felony charges.
Handling Serious Felony Charges in California
It’s important to get legal help right away if you are accused of a serious felony in California. The strategies used for legal defenses vary widely, mainly because there are so many serious felony charges out there.
Our team is prepared to investigate the charges you are facing and work to get the charges dismissed or at least reduced. We will also do what we can to block any evidence used against you and will be there to stand up for you in court when you need us most.
Speak to a Lawyer Today About Fighting Serious Felonies in Los Angeles
We are here to help if you are accused of a serious felony in California under Penal Code 1192.7(c). The Simmrin Law Group can spring into action for you right now. Just call (310) 997-4688 today. We also have an online contact form you can fill out. Find out more about your legal options now with a free consultation and get legal help on your side today.