penal code sectionsHave you been charged with domestic violence in California, you have been charged with the crime of physical abuse against somebody who lives with you in your home, such as a girlfriend, wife, or another party who cohabitates with you. Domestic violence crimes are very serious and can lead to enormous penalties under California law. Today we’ll take a closer look at some of the penal codes in California and what they dictate in terms of domestic violence laws.

California Penal Code Sections 243, 1463.27: These codes dictate the laws on battery and domestic violence in general. These laws are important because the use of battery in a domestic violence crime can make it that much worse. Normal battery offenses can land you in jail for quite some time, but if you use battery against somebody you live with, you could see twice as long in prison and huge fines for your actions, well in the thousands of dollars. 

California Penal Code Section 273.5: These statutes cover the laws on willful infliction of bodily injury, which are any injuries inflicted on a spouse that results in a traumatic condition. You could see penalties of up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

California Family Code Sections 6250, 6320, 6321, 6345: Protective orders are covered under these penal codes. If you have been charged with a crime of domestic violence, you may find that the courts issue a temporary protective order before you even make it to the court hearing in many cases. These orders are put in place in order to prevent the harming, harassing, or contact with another victim.

California Penal Code Sections 136.2, 166, 836: These sections deal with law enforcement duties when a protective order has been violated. Violating a protection order can have serious consequences of up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine in California.

There are many laws regarding domestic violence in California and what happens if you do not abide by the law. If you have been accused of domestic violence and want to protect your case, you should always turn to an experienced attorney for help. At the Law Office of Peter Blair, we can help you when you are trying to defend yourself against the crime of domestic violence, and get you the results you deserve.