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CHILD ABUSE – PC § 273(d)

Defining Child Abuse in CA

Child abuse and neglect, as defined in Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) includes: physical abuse, sexual abuse (including both sexual assault and sexual exploitation), willful cruelty or unjustified punishment, unlawful corporal punishment or injury, and neglect (including both acts and omissions).

Consequences for Child Abuse Conviction

In California, child abuse is considered a “wobbler” offense. This means that the charge can be either misdemeanor or a felony. The determining factors are based on prior criminal history, and facts related to the offense. Additionally, it is possible for a judge to grant probation as opposed to jail time.

Misdemeanor Offense (PC 273d)

Being charged with a misdemeanor of Child Abuse may result in any or all of the following:

  • Maximum 1 year county jail
  • Maximum fine of $6,000
  • Misdemeanor probation
  • Protective Order
  • Child Abuser Treatment Program

Felony Offense

  • Maximum 6 years in jail with potential of additional 4 years based on prior history
  • Maximum fine of $6,000
  • Felony Probation
  • Protective Order
  • Child Abuser Treatment Program

Possible Defenses for Your Case

There are many ways to defend your case when it comes to child abuse. The defendant must prove that false accusations were made regarding the matter, the child’s injuries were not caused by abuse, the injuries caused were caused by an accident, and/or the parent/defendant was acting upon their right to discipline the child.

How Can Pat Help Your Case?

Pat Carey prosecuted and filed Child Abuse cases while a Deputy District Attorney and has intimate knowledge with how these cases are handled.  Contact him today for a free consultation about your case.

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