Question by robert j : what is the status of the charge “career criminal” in the courts.? apparantly, one can be charged with this crime and receive a life sentence. ? Any profs. know details ? Best answer:
Answer by AlanC
This really varies from state to state, but is based on a movement in the 90s to keep repeat offenders off the street.
Most states now how some version of this law, and the punishment varies. In N.C., for instance, there is the Habitual Felon law, which states that the fourth offense will carry a mandatory prison sentence (usually around ten years, depending on the person’s criminal record). There is also the Violent Habitual Felon law, which has life in prison as the punishment.
The habitual felon laws do vary from state to state (as this is a state matter), and the length of sentence also varies. Some states do have 25 year sentences attached to a conviction under this law.
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