Child Abuse

Los Angeles Child Abuse Attorney

Arrested or are under investigation for child abuse or child molestation charges in Los Angeles? It is vital that you immediately consult with an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer for a free criminal defense consultation

Child abuse is the act or acts that physicallysexually or emotionally injure a child. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the child abuse allegations, a number of California criminal laws may apply, such as, Penal Code 273d Inflicting physical punishment on a child commonly referred to as child abuse. 

Penal Code 273d Inflicting Physical Punishment on a Child 

Charges under Penal Code 273d is: Beating or inflicting cruel or corporal punishment on a child. Corporal punishment includes any kind of punishment inflicted on the body. 

In order for the prosecution to find you guilty of child abuse, the following elements must be proved:

  • Defendant willfully inflicted cruel or inhuman physical punishment and/or injury on a child;
  • The punishment/injury inflicted by the defendant caused a traumatic physical condition to the child; and
  • When defendant acted, s/he was not reasonably disciplining the child.

A "child" is as considered any person(s) under the age of 18. 

Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, R.J. has extensive litigation and trial experience. He has a reputation for achieving successful case resolutions for clients facing child abuse charges. Serving Los Angeles County, Riverside, Palmdale, Lancaster, and San Bernardino County. 

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Child Abuse Penal Code 273d PC Penalties

Child abuse under Penal Code 273d PC can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. In California, 273d PC is considered as a “wobbler” offense, which means that depending on the factual circumstances surrounding the incident and defendant's criminal record prosecutors can charge the offense as either a felony or a misdemeanor.

If faced with felony child abuse Penal Code 273d PC penalties include: 

  • Up to six (6) years in prison.

  • If defendant has a prior child abuse conviction, an additional four (4) years will be added on top of the prison sentence, unless 10 years have passed since the defendant served prison time on the prior offense and defendant has not served any time in jail for any other felony offense in those 10 years.

  • If the Court grants probation, the Court may impose additional conditions such as substantial court fines, protective orders, counseling, or drug testing.

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