How Serious is a Corporal Injury to Spouse or Cohabitant Charge?

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The accusation of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant is a serious offense. In California, this crime is defined under California Penal Code Section 273.5(a) PC. How an individual is punished may depend upon the severity of the victim's injuries and other factors.

Potential Consequences for Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant

If an individual is convicted of corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, the punishment will typically be classified as a felony. That means the offender could be sentenced to:

  • Up to a year in jail or two to four years in prison; and,
  • A fine of up to $6,000.

If the victim suffers significant bodily injuries, the defendant may be subject to an enhanced sentence of up to five years in prison.

In addition to imprisonment and fines, a conviction for inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant can result in other penalties. For example, an individual may be required to attend counseling or anger management classes. That person may also be subject to a restraining order which can prohibit them from having contact with the victim.

Accused of Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant?

If you are in California and accused of corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, keep the following in mind.

First, it’s important to remain calm and collected. You should exercise your right to remain silent as anything you share with law enforcement can be used against you in court. It is also essential not to talk about your case with anyone else, as anything you say could potentially be used against you by the prosecution.

The only person you should talk to regarding your case is an experienced criminal defense attorney. Be honest with your attorney and share everything that happened, even if it seems insignificant. Your attorney will need to know all the details to best defend you.

If you are accused of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, the team at The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates is here to help. We will review the facts of your case and help you explore your legal options. With an aggressive defense, it may be possible to reduce or even dismiss the charges against you.

Contact our Rancho Cucamonga defense attorneys online or by phone to get started. (909) 658-7341

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