Three Strikes Case
Mr. Sterling is a trusted advisor and advocate when it comes to California’s Three Strikes Law. California’s Three Strikes Law is an oppressive legal agenda that can result in life in prison for a conviction of even minor felonies.
How does it work?
Under California law, if a person is convicted of any felony and has two or more "strike" priors (prior convictions for strike offenses), he or she can be sentenced to at least 25 years to life in state prison.
Under California law, if a person is convicted of any felony and has one "strike" prior, he or she can be sentenced to double the prison term on the current conviction. What constitutes a strike is defined under California law and usually involves a serious or violent felony.
In cases where his clients have faced second and third strike penalties, Mr. Sterling has been successful in petitioning the courts to strike the prior offenses. This can significantly reduce the amount of incarceration an individual is facing. On occasion Mr. Sterling has also been successful in getting entire strike allegations dismissed.
In November of 2011, Mr. Sterling obtained an outright dismissal for his client who was facing 25 years to life, under California's Three Strikes law. The case was dismissed immediately prior to jury selection.
California’s Three Strikes Law, particularly felony sentencing is a complex area of criminal law. Mr. Sterling's extensive experience has given him a specialization in this area of law and for hundreds of his clients, this specialization has made the ultimate difference.