Dixon Criminal Defense Lawyers
When you are accused of a felony or misdemeanor in the state of California, it is of the utmost importance that you be represented by first-rate Solano County criminal defense lawyers who will fight to protect your rights. The Solano County and Dixon criminal defense lawyers Barry K. Newman and Leonard E. Oldwin, Jr. practice exclusively in criminal defense law, and with 40 years of combined trial experience, are familiar with the local courts and judges.
They are also one of the few criminal defense law firms to provide a professional investigative team. This team does not depend solely on police investigations, but instead works diligently to evaluate the facts and circumstances of every criminal charge in order to provide you with strongest possible defense.
The California Three Strikes Law
Although California criminal law generally abides by the law of the United States, there are substantive and procedural differences in regards to prosecuting alleged violations of criminal law. One of the toughest and most unique laws in California is the Three Strikes Law. This law, which was passed in 1994 after a voter referendum received 71 percent support, drastically increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of felonies who were previously convicted of a violent or serious felony.
The law requires a minimum sentence of 25 years to life for three-time repeat offenders, and an increase in sentencing by twice the term otherwise required under law for repeat two strike offenders. The second and third felonies do not have to be serious or violent for the Three Strikes law to come into play.
You could receive a severe sentence for a misdemeanor
The Three Strikes law in California has been widely criticized because of cases where those found guilty received unusually severe punishments for crimes that would normally be classified as misdemeanors because of their prior felony conviction record:
- Ewing V. California: Gary Ewing received 25 years to life for stealing golf clubs from a Los Angeles country club.
- Lockyer V. Andrade: Leandro Andrade was sentenced to 50 years for stealing videotapes from two California stores.
Both men’s previous records resulted in their cases being tried as felony cases rather than misdemeanors, and as a result of California’s Three Strikes law, their punishments were severe.
You need skilled legal support from highly qualified attorneys
If you or someone in your family has been charged with a second or third felony it is important you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Contact Solano County criminal defense attorneys Newman & Oldwin, who represent clients in Solano County as well as Fairfield, Vallejo, Vacaville, Dixon and Benicia.