California Penal Code 243 D

Are you facing charges for Aggravated Battery? Depending upon your case circumstance violations of Penal Code 243(d) can be a serious felony or misdemeanor offense. Without proper legal counsel, you may miss opportunities to have your charges dropped and your case dismissed.


At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our criminal attorneys have decades of personal experience assisting those facing violent crime charges. Call (888) 250-2865 today to obtain a free confidential consultation that can help you ensure your freedom.


PC 243 D Defined


According to California Penal Code 243d, anyone who willfully uses force on someone causing injury is guilty of committing aggravated battery. This is different from PC 242 which covers California offenses that are not aggravated.


The term battery is sometimes used interchangeably with assault and battery, however the definitions and conditions for punishment vary between the two.


In order for prosecutors to convict you of violating PC 243d, they will have to establish the following:


  • you intentionally used force on someone
  • you used force that injured someone


Bodily injury examples include a wound or fracture. It could mean a concussion or loss of consciousness, or even as serious as a disfigurement or loss of body function or organ.


Possible Penalties for CPC 243 D Violations


The penalties or punishment for these offenses depend on a number of factors including if a weapon used, your criminal history, the severity of the victim’s injury, and if the person had special provisions like a police officer.


It can be filed as a felony or misdemeanor offense, depending upon the specific situation, and has the potential to result in years of prison time. The following are the potential penalties:


  • Felony – Up to four years in a California State Prison and a maximum $10,000 fine


  • Misdemeanor – Up to 1 Year in the County Jail and a maximum $1,000 fine



If you are charged with a felony penal code violation, you could also face a possible strike on your record.


The laws surrounding these criminal charges are complex and require a skilled legal professional to ensure important details are not missed. There are other penal codes that stem from battery like aggravated battery, sexual assault, or assault with a deadly weapon that carry different penalties.


Legal Assistance


Those facing aggravated battery charges for California Penal Code Section 243(d) do have options. Call us today to let us help you better understand the charges brought against you and help formulate a plan for success. Our assault and battery lawyers can help you evaluate your options and make informed decisions. Call (888) 250-2865 or fill out our contact form to get help now.

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