Wisconsin is one of 28 total states which have laws which impose heavier
sentences for repeat offenders. These laws, often referred to as “Three
Strikes” laws, are created with the intent to keep habitual criminals
locked up for life, thereby discouraging others with felony records from
violent or serious
As its namesake would suggest, Wisconsin’s repeat offender law implements
a “strike” system for individuals convicted of certain violent
or otherwise serious felony offenses. Individuals with a strike on their
record face double penalties for any subsequent felony charges, culminating
in a potential 25 years to life sentence without parole if convicted of
a third strike offense.
What Is Considered a “Violent” or Serious Felony?
A wide range of criminal offenses can result in a strike on a person’s
record. All of these crimes involve either inflicting serious injury to
another person, using or threatening to use a weapon, are sexual in nature,
or involve gangs in some way.
Typical strike offenses include:
In some cases, a person can be charged with multiple strikes in the same
trial. For example, if a defendant were to threaten a person with a pistol
and then subsequently commit a carjacking, they can be charged with two
separate strikes in one shot – even though they occurred in the
Facing a “Strike” on Your Record?
Strike offenses are extremely serious and can expose individuals to a lengthy
prison sentence and exorbitant fines – especially if they have previous
strikes on their record. If you have been charged with a potential strike
offense, it is imperative you retain the services of a hard-hitting advocate
who can unbiasedly defend you against the prosecution’s claims.
When the stakes are high, contact the Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella. Our
Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer has successfully defended hundreds of clients accused of a wide range
of high-level felonies and can provide the aggressive advocacy you need
to minimize your chances of conviction.
To discover what our 20+ years of legal experience can do for you,
get in touch with our office today by calling us directly at (414) 882-8382.