Felonies are serious criminal charges in California. Some felonies are considered more serious than others. Those charges are classified as “violent” felonies. Penal Code 667.5(c) lists violent felonies and how they are handled in California.
The felonies listed in PC 667.5(c) also tie into California’s Three Strikes Law. Each of these felonies counts as one “strike” if an individual is convicted. Individuals with strikes on their record face increased penalties for subsequent convictions. The Simmrin Law Group is here to help you. Learn more by calling (310) 997-4688.
Understanding California’s Three Strikes Law
PC 667.5(c) is tied to the Three Strikes Law in California. Put simply, some criminal charges in California are considered “strikes.” Most of these strikes are violent felonies. Individuals with a strike face a longer amount of jail time if they are convicted of subsequent felonies.
A second “strike” in California can double the period of incarceration for a crime. For example, say an individual has a strike on their record. After they get out of prison, they are accused and convicted of first-degree robbery. This is considered a second strike.
Normally, this kind of robbery leads to a maximum of nine years in prison. However, because the individual now has “two strikes,” they could face up to 18 years of prison time.
A third strike can lead to life in prison in California. This is true even if the underlying felony would normally lead to a much shorter prison sentence.
Violent Felonies Listed Under PC 667.5(c)
PC 667.5(c) deals with many criminal charges. For example, it covers:
- Felonies punished with life in prison or death
- Felonies that lead to great bodily injury other than an accomplice
There are also a number of specific charges listed in PC 667.5(c). All of these charges will result in a strike upon conviction. These violent criminal charges include:
- Making threats to witnesses or victims
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Aggravated mayhem
- Attempted murder
This is not a comprehensive list of all the possible violent crimes that are considered strike offenses. Contact the Simmrin Law Group today for answers to your legal questions at (310) 997-4688.
PC 667.5(c) Charges for Sex Crimes in California
There are several violent sex crime charges in the state of California. Many of these charges will lead to a strike upon a conviction. These charges include:
- Rape or gang rape
- Oral copulation
- Lewd acts on a child under 14
- Continuous sexual abuse of a child
- Sexual penetration
There are a large number of charges considered violent felonies in the state of California. Each of these is tied to California’s Three Strikes Law. That’s why it is so important to take these charges seriously.
Results of a Violent Felony Conviction in California
Violent felonies are prosecuted very harshly in California. Convictions can lead to years in prison. Some felonies can lead to life in prison. Charges like murder, for instance, can potentially lead to the death penalty in this state.
Individuals can also face court fines after a conviction for a violent felony. In some cases, the court can order individuals to attend anger management courses. Additionally, these charges will put a strike on your criminal record, which can impact your life in the future.
A violent crimes lawyer in Los Angeles can help you handle any violent felony charge. The Simmrin Law Group is prepared to help you work on your defense. There are many possible defenses to violent felony accusations because there are so many possible charges. We can work to reduce your charges now. We can also stand up for you in court.
Discuss Violent Felonies in California with a Lawyer Today
The Simmrin Law Group is here to help you learn more about Penal Code 667.5(c). This charge lists the violent felonies in California that could result in a strike on your record. Contact us if you need to build a defense against any of these charges. Just call (310) 997-4688. You can also fill out our online contact form. Our criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles are ready to help today with a free consultation.