What Is the Five Year Prior Serious Felony Enhancement?

Anyone convicted of a serious felony, as defined under Penal Code § 1192.7(c), faces an additional five years in prison if he or she ever suffered a prior serious felony, including a conviction in another states that meets the elements of a California serious felony.  While this law seems rather clear, and is in most situations, it can become complicated.  For examples of how it has been applied in complicated scenarios, click on the following link.


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