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What is Virginia’s Three Strikes Law?

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a violent crime and is facing additional convictions, it is important to understand Virginia's three strikes law, as it can often be confusing. This law can significantly impact your life, so it is important to be informed about it and understand how it might impact your future.

The Three Strikes Law

The three strikes law in Virginia is designed to increase the penalties for offenders who have been convicted of three or more applicable felonies.

This law applies to violent crimes, which include:

  • murder or voluntary manslaughter,
  • robberies or carjacking,
  • criminal sexual assault,
  • arson, or
  • mob-related felonies.

If you have been convicted of three violent felonies, you will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and would not be eligible for a shorter sentence due to a good conduct allowance or earned sentence credits.

When Three Strikes Does Not Apply

However, there are some exceptions to the three strikes law. If you were not out of prison in between your multiple convictions, the three strikes law would not apply. For the three strikes law to be enacted, you must have left prison between each subsequent conviction.

If you are unsure if the three strikes law applies to you, it is vital to speak with a violent crimes attorney who can help you understand your specific situation. They can help you review your case and determine if the three strikes law would apply to your case.

What to Do If You Are Facing Three Strikes

If you are facing three strikes, it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you understand the three strikes law and how it may apply to your specific situation. Additionally, an attorney can help you navigate the criminal justice system and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process, seeking the best possible outcome for you.

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At Tobias Iszard, PC, our violent crimes attorneys are fierce advocates who believe that each client should have the best representation possible. We can help you understand what pending violent crimes charges can mean for your future and determine if the three strikes law would be applied to your case.

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a violent crime, contact our office today by calling (703) 215-1880 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We are waiting for your call!