Will accepting a strike on my record lead to a reduced sentence?

No. A strike is defined as serious or violent under the Three Strikes laws. For a violent felony, the person must do 85% of the time imposed. A first offense for a serious felony, although also a strike, will still make the person eligible for 50% time on the first offense. A second qualifying offense means the person must do 80% of the time (unless it is a violent felony). A skilled lawyer familiar with the case facts and situation can advise best how to proceed.