Domestic Violence Charges in a California Criminal Case

Oftentimes people assume that domestic violence entails violence against one spouse from the other. Although that is the most common scenario, it is not the only type of domestic violence.

California Penal Code § 273.5 makes it a felony for anyone who inflicts corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a spouse, cohabitant or parent of his or her child. This section is common among domestic violence cases. A lesser offense is known as domestic battery and is codified under California Penal Code § 243(e)(1). California PC §243 (e)(1) makes it a chargeable offense to commit battery against a spouse, fiance or anyone whom you have had a engagement or relationship with.

Also considered under a domestic violence offense is violence against a child. California Penal Code § 273 (d) makes it a punishable felony to inflict corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition upon a child. Additionally, under California Penal Code § 273 (a), any person who is entrusted with the care and custody of a child under 8 years of age inflicts upon the child force that a reasonable person would find to inflict bodily injury resulting in the child’s death will be charged with child endangerment.

Elder abuse can in many situations fall under domestic violence. California Penal code § 368 makes it a punishable offense to inflict physical or emotional abuse, neglect, endangerment, or financial fraud against a person 65 or older.

A Los Angeles Criminal Defense attorney who has been practicing for over thirty years has dealt with all different aspects of domestic violence cases. The attorneys at Hoffman and Associates are knowledgeable in each type of domestic violence charge and with their experience and expertise can prepare a powerful defense so that you can get the results you want!