California Penal Code 272

Have you been charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor? Violation of Penal Code 272 is a misdemeanor offense. Although a conviction will not result in jail time, there are negative repercussions that a misdemeanor can have on your future opportunities. Those facing PC 272 charges are encouraged to speak with an attorney about their case.


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PC 272 Defined


Orange County Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is defined as assisting a minor in committing a delinquent act. A minor is defined as anyone under eighteen years old.


Some common examples include an adult assisting a minor to purchase alcohol or drugs.


In order to prosecute for Orange County CPC 272 Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, the state has the burden to prove that the accused participated in an act that would allow the minor to:


  • Be a dependant of the juvenile court
  • Be a delinquent
  • Be a regular truant


It should be noted that a minor can be found guilty of enabling another minor to commit a crime.


Potential Penalties for CPC 272 Violations


Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor is a misdemeanor penal code violation punishable by:


  • Imprisonment in county jail for up to one year
  • A fine of no more than $2,500
  • A summary probation of up to five years


Other Potential Penalties:


There are other subdivisions of CPC 272, such as a parent who fails to control their child, child endangerment and so forth, where in these cases punishments would vary.


Those charged with contributing to a minor’s delinquency could have several defense strategies available to them. A skilled attorney will be able to evaluate the evidence available and use it to your advantage.


If you are facing charges for California Penal Code Section 272 Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, you have several options. Don’t waste time wondering what affect your charge can have on your future. Call us today for a free case evaluation. You may receive information that can help you avoid harsh penalties.

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