Domestic Violence in California

By: Wallin & Klarich

Penal Code 273.5 pc Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant — (a) Any person who willfully inflicts upon a person who is his or her spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or the mother or father of his or her child, corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition, is guilty of a felony, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not more than one year, or by a fine of up to six thousand dollars ($6,000) or by both that fine and imprisonment.

An individual can be punished for the above crime of inflicting bodily injury on their current or former spouse; cohabitant or former cohabitant; or the parent of his/her child resulting in a traumatic condition-a visible injury, bruising, scratches, etc and even more serious conditions such as broken bones or more serious injuries.

Consequences of being convicted for this offense include, jail time, prison time, hefty fines, domestic violence classes, anger management classes, community service and other additional consequences including protective orders and restraining orders against the perpetrator.

There are many instances where the victim, the spouse, and/or cohabitant recants their allegations or does not want charges to be filed, however, when law enforcement is involved and the prosecution reviews the case, it may do little for the victim to recant or seek to have the charges dropped, however, an experienced Riverside criminal defense attorney can work the case and show proper defenses and negotiate a possible less serious offense as to the original charge with the prosecution.

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