Typical Three Strikes Laws
Three strikes laws, also called habitual offender laws, increase prison sentences for so-called “career criminals,” repeat offenders who’ve been convicted of serious felonies.
Can convictions that happened before three strikes laws passed be used as strikes?
Three strikes laws provide that defendants with two designated “serious” felonies are subject to harsh prison sentences upon conviction of a third qualifying offense.
What is a "serious" or "violent" felony?
Three strikes laws establish severe penalties for defendants with qualifying prior convictions, even those who aren’t charged with a third strike.
Which crimes typically count as strikes?
Most states and the federal government have “habitual offender” or “three strike” laws that require enhanced punishment for repeat felony offenders.