California Penal Code 278

Have you been charged with Child Abduction? Violation of California Penal Code 278 can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense. California prosecutors treat child abduction very seriously. Those facing charges will need a skilled criminal law professional to help explain the laws concerning their violation, as well as their options moving forward.


At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, Ronald MacGregor and Randy Collins have worked with countless child abduction defendants. They understand that there are two sides to every abduction case. If you are serious about fighting for a not guilty verdict, or a favorable plea bargain, you will need criminal defense attorneys with a will to fight and the tools to win. Call them today for a free case evaluation.


PC 278 Defined


California penal codes define child abduction is as intentionally and spitefully confining or hiding a child from their parent or legal guardian. It is, in layman terms, stealing a child – who is anyone under the age of 18 years old.


To convict a person of CPC 278 Child Abduction, the state would have to prove that:


  • The accused spitefully took away or lured a child to conceal or detain them
  • The accused was not a legal guardian of this child
  • The accused intended to keep the child away from their parent or legal guardian


Potential Penalties for CPC 278 Violations


The penalties or punishments for Child Abduction depend on a number of factors including your criminal history, and the circumstances surrounding the case. Child Abduction can be filed as a felony or misdemeanor offense, and those found guilty can face:


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


  • Felony, either:
  • Probation and up to 1 Year in the County Jail
  • 2,3 or 4 Years in a California State Prison and a maximum fine of $10,000


Offenders may face added fines for repaying victims or parents for the cost of locating their child.


If you are facing charges for California Penal Code Section 278 Child Abduction, we can help. Our child abduction defense attorneys have helped defendants who believed that their case was hopeless. Let a MacGregor & Collins, LLP attorney guide you through the process and help you to fully understand the charges brought against you as well as your options moving forward. Call (888) 250-2865 to get help now.

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