California Penal Code 273A

If you are facing criminal charges for Child Endangerment in California, you can expect an uphill battle. Those found guilty of violating  California Penal Code Section 273A can face penalties for a misdemeanor or a felony offense. With a skilled criminal attorney, you may be able to fight your charges, resulting in a case dismissed or a not guilty verdict. At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, our attorneys have fought on behalf of Southern California defendants for decades. Take advantage of our free consultation to help you understand your options and make informed decisions.


PC 273A Defined


According to California Penal Code 273A, anyone who places a child in a dangerous situation and fails to protect them is in violation of Child Endangerment laws. A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18.


In order to prosecute for Orange County CPC 273A, the state has the burden to prove you were guilty of:


  • Intentionally placing a child in a dangerous situation
  • The circumstance could have affected the childÕs health negatively or caused bodily injury
  • Intentionally causing a child to suffer physically or mentally


CPC 273A Penalties


The penalties or punishment for Child Endangerment depend on a number of factors including your criminal history and the circumstances surrounding the case. Child Endangerment can be filed under (felony or misdemeanor), and those found guilty can face:


  • Misdemeanor
  • Up to I Year in the Orange County Jail
  • A maximum $1,000 fine
  • An informal probation of up to four years
  • A protective order
  • Counseling


  • Felony
  • 2,3 or 4 Years in the California State Prison
  • A fine of no more than $10,000
  • A formal probation
  • A protective order
  • Counseling


Penalties may be increased if the child suffered serious bodily injury. Those sentenced could also be subjected to the California Three Strikes Law.


Those facing charges for Child Endangerment in violation of Penal Code 273A who are serious about fighting their charges are encouraged to speak with a legal professional about their case. California law is complex and requires a professional with years of legal experience to give defendants the best chance of success. Call us today at (888) 250-2865 to reach a Southern California attorney for a free case evaluation.

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