I am Accused of Corporal Injury on my Spouse or Partner - What Should I Do? - California Penal Code Section 273.5
If you or someone you know has been charged with corporal injury on a spouse or partner under California Penal Code section 273.5, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney will know how to examine all the circumstances surrounding your case to secure the most favorable result.
In order to prove that the crime of corporal injury on a spouse has been committed, it must be shown that a physical injury was willfully inflicted on a spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, or the mother of defendant’s child. It also must result in a traumatic condition, which is defined as a wound or other injury to the body, whether minor or serious, and caused by physical force.
Depending on the facts of your case there may be viable defenses. Some common defenses for corporal injury on a spouse or partner include self defense, defense of others, consent and possibly intoxication. Of course, consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney is crucial to understanding how any possible defenses may be used to your benefit in fighting the charges.