California Penal Code 273D

Are you facing charges for Child Abuse? Violation of California Penal Code Section 273D is a serious felony offense. Too often, California abuse defendants attempt to take on their charges without first seeking counsel from experienced domestic violence attorneys. Don’t wait until it is too late. Call us today to obtain a free confidential case evaluation for up to one hour.


PC 273D Defined


According to California Penal Code 273D, anyone who intentionally inflicts bodily injury on a child is guilty of Child Abuse. A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18.


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


  • Inflicting bodily injury
  • The individual intentionally inflicted this bodily injury
  • It caused trauma to the other party
  • The bodily injury was inflicted on:
  • A child


Potential Penalties for CPC 273D Violations


Child Abuse is a felony penal code violation, and those found guilty face any combination or all of the following:


  • 2,3 or 4 Years in the California State Prison
  • A fine of no more than $6,000
  • A formal probation of up to three years
  • Up to one year in the Orange County Jail


Other Potential Penalties and Fines:


Guilty parties may be given a protective order and also be mandated to enroll in a counseling program.


There are many defense strategies that can be used to prove your innocence, depending upon your specific circumstances. Sometimes, a PC 273d violation may be charged against parents who simply disciplined their child. Other times, the injuries sustained by the child were not a result of the defendant’s actions. A case evaluation with a child abuse defense lawyer will help you to fully evaluate the prosecution’s flaws and expose them to the court.


If you are facing Child Abuse charges for Penal Code 273D, whether you were guilty or innocent, speaking with a skilled attorney could help to ensure your freedom. When your life is on the line, getting the right information at the outset of your case is an opportunity that should not be taken lightly. CallĀ (888) 250-2865 or fill out our contact form today to get help from a MacGregor & Collins, LLP domestic abuse attorney today.

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