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California Penal Code

Quick Guide: Domestic violence charges in California

Quick Guide: Domestic violence charges in California

Articles in our California Penal Code section guide that give an overview of two of the more common domestic violence charges that someone in California could face: domestic battery and corporal injury on a spouse, cohabitant, or co-parent.

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Domestic Violence: Corporal Injury vs. Domestic Battery

Domestic Violence: Corporal Injury vs. Domestic Battery

When is someone is charged with domestic violence, they can be charged under several different laws each with different elements and consequences. Take for example the domestic violence laws for corporal injury on a spouse, cohabitant, or co-parent and domestic battery on a spouse, cohabitant, or co-parent as listed . Although the element for an existing relationship between the defendant and the alleged victim is pretty much identical for these two crimes, domestic battery is often considered the less serious of the two crimes because it lacks an element required by the corporal injury charge.

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Quick Guide: Sealing criminal records/arrests, expungements, and pardons

Quick Guide: Sealing criminal records/arrests, expungements, and pardons

California Penal Code articles about sealing juvenile criminal records, adult arrest records, adult convictions, and pardons for past crimes. In case you missed them, we’ve put together a quick guide to the important articles.

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