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Does Florida have a 3 strike law for felons?

Belleview, FL |
Filed under: Felony crime

Felony criminal mischief
Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
V.o.p 2 yr probation

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Florida Statute 775.084(c) is out version of the "3 strike law" (see: ), but it requires prior convictions, not multiple charges in the same case. Still, the same statute (and others) impose many sentencing enhancements, including but not limited to "minimum /mandatory" prison terms and "no gain time" provisions for repeat offenders, and most especially for violent repeat offenders.

That said, even without priors the charges that you have outlined are most serious and will likely result in aggressive prosecution. If you have been charged with the same then you should get into an experienced Bellview area criminal defense lawyers office asap.

Although I practice primarily in Miami-Dade County you are welcome to contact my office for a referral or two, or you can search either Avvo or the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers website by locality (please see - and click on the "Find A Lawyer" tab).

I hope that this has been helpful and wish you the best of luck!

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We don't typically call it a 3 strike law, we call it habitual felony offender or habitual violent felony offender. With certain crimes, we enhance the penalty after a few convictions for the same offense.

R. Jason de Groot, Esq.,

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You can be sentenced as a habitual felony offender IF you meet the statutory criteria (which is quite specific). Some crimes have enhancements after a third conviction (DUI comes to mind) or if other factors are present (sexual activity with a minor is full of them).

This is a very case-specific question. Speak with your attorney.

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