Serious and Violent Felonies

Serious and Violent felonies carry a heavy weight of punishment under California law.  If you’ve been accused of a serious and/or violent crime you could be facing years in prison, a life sentence, or even the death penalty.  Criminal charges for either a serious felony offense under PC 1192.7(c) or a violent felony offense under PC 667.5 (see below) are considered “strike offenses” according to California’s Three Strikes Law.  You should never plead guilty to a strike offense without first retaining the legal services of an experienced defense lawyer who can help you determine how you might be able to avoid pleading to a strike offense.

Serious Felony Offenses [PC 1192.7(c)] and/or Violent Felonies [PC 667.5]

  • Murder or voluntary manslaughter (Penal Code section 187)
  • Mayhem (Penal Code section 203)
  • Rape (Penal Code section 261 and 262)
  • Sodomy (Penal Code section 286)
  • Oral copulation (Penal Code section 288a)
  • Lewd or lascivious (Penal Code section 288)
  • Any felony punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison for life
  • Any felony in which the defendant personally inflicts great bodily injury on any person, other than an accomplice, or any felony in which the defendant personally uses a firearm
  •  Attempted murder (Penal Code section 187)
  • Assault with intent to commit rape or robbery; (Penal Code section 264.1 and section 211)
  • Assault with a deadly weapon or instrument on a peace officer (Penal Code section 241)
  • Assault by a life prisoner on a non-inmate (Penal Code section 4500)
  • Assault with a deadly weapon by an inmate (Penal Code section 4500)
  • Arson (Penal Code Section 451)
  • Exploding destructive device with intent to commit murder (Penal Code section 12308)
  • Causing bodily injury with explosive or destructive device (Penal Code section 12309)
  • Causing death or mayhem with explosive or destructive device (Penal Code section 12310)
  • Any burglary of the first degree (Penal Code section 459)
  • Robbery or bank robbery (Penal Code section 211)
  • Kidnapping (Penal Code section 207)
  • Holding of a hostage by a person confined in a state prison (Penal Code section 4503)
  • Attempt to commit a felony punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison for life
  • Any felony in which the defendant personally used a dangerous or deadly weapon (Penal Code section 245)
  • Selling, furnishing, administering, giving, or offering to sell, furnish, administer, or give to a minor any heroin, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), or any methamphetamine-related drug (Health and Safety Code Section 11055)
  • Penetration by foreign object (Penal Code section 289)
  • Grand theft involving a firearm (Penal Code section 487)
  • Carjacking (Penal Code section 215)
  • Participation in a criminal street gang (Penal Code section 186.22)
  • Assault with the intent to commit mayhem, rape, sodomy, or oral copulation (Penal Code section 220)
  • Throwing acid or flammable substances (Penal Code section 244)
  • Assault with a deadly weapon, firearm, machine gun, assault weapon, or semiautomatic firearm or assault on a peace officer or firefighter (Penal Code section 245)
  • Assault with a deadly weapon against a public transit employee, custodial officer, or school employee (Penal Code section 245.2, 245.3 and 245.5)
  • Discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, vehicle, or aircraft, in violation of (Penal Code section 246)
  • Commission of rape or sexual penetration in concert with another person (Penal Code section 264.1)
  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child (Penal Code section 288.5)
  • Shooting from a vehicle (Penal Code section 12034)
  • Intimidation of victims or witnesses (Penal Code section 136.1)
  • Criminal threats (Penal Code section 422)
  • Committing a felony while using a firearm (Penal Code section 12022.53)
  • Possession a weapon of mass destruction a (Penal Code section 11418)
  • Conspiracy to commit an offense described in the list above (Penal Code section 182)

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