Child abuse involves causing physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse to a minor. It includes neglecting and exploiting a minor. States have laws to punish and deter individuals from physically and emotionally harm a minor. In California, child abuse is generally referred to as corporal injury on a child.
Corporal injury on a child is when a person:
The State of California must show the above occurred to convict a defendant of child abuse. But the State will also have to prove traumatic physical condition, which means:
No. Child endangerment occurs when an adult carelessly or recklessly endangers the life or health of a minor. While corporal abuse is done with intent to injure, and not due to recklessness or carelessness.
In California, corporal injury on a child is considered a wobbler and it can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
If charged and convicted of misdemeanor corporal injury, a defendant may receive up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $6,000. Felony corporal injury is punishable by 2 to 6 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $6,000. A defendant can also receive probation in addition or instead of the above punishment.
Yes. If this is the second conviction in 10 years, the defendant can face an additional 4 years in jail/prison.
Yes. It’s in your best interest to contact a criminal lawyer to help you fight your case.
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