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Penalties of Domestic Violence in California

Domestic Violence as a Criminal Offense

When a spouse or child suffers from domestic violence, they can suffer from severe and long-lasting damages, both physically and emotionally. That is why domestic violence is considered a crime in the state of California – or in any state for that matter – and is punishable under the California Penal Code. Separate sections address issues such as bodily injury to a spouse or cohabitant; domestic battery; child abuse; child endangerment and neglect; and criminal threats.

Penalties for such violence and abuse in the home vary depending on the offense. For example, willfully causing bodily injury to a spouse or cohabitant that results in a traumatic condition (Cal. Pen. Code § 273.5) is a felony punishable by a maximum fine of $6,000 and a state prison sentence of up to 4 years. Child endangerment (§ 273(a)) can also be charged as a felony, though it can also be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail. Domestic battery (§ 243(e)1) is punishable by a maximum fine of $2,000 and/or up to one year in the county jail.

Penalties for Restraining Order Violations

It is also a crime to disobey a restraining order that was taken out against a person because of domestic violence. California Penal Code § 273.6 states that any intentional and knowing violation of a protective order is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or a sentence of up to one year in the county jail. If injury is inflicted due to the violation, the fine increases to a maximum of $2,000 and the jail sentence includes a minimum sentence of 30 days.

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