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Defense for Penal Code 243 Violations

In California, there is one misdemeanor domestic violence offense that is more commonly issued more than any other: 243e1 pc.

Penal Code 243 is usually issued for instances of spousal battery in which the defendant willfully inflicts force or violence upon their intimate partner. An intimate partnership can be between homosexuals or heterosexuals, both instances being treated the same under California law.

How Does PC 243(e)(1) Differ from Other Penal Codes?

Unlike other domestic violence penal code offenses, this domestic battery charge is always a misdemeanor. Widely considered the least serious of California’s 3 domestic abuse penal codes, a conviction for 243a pc can be obtained even if the defendant did not physically injure the victim.

If an injury does occur, the state may pursue additional PC violations against the defendant including PC 243 (d) and PC 273.5, both of which can result in more serious penalties.

What Must Prosecutors Prove to Convict Me?

To obtain a conviction for violating PC 243e1, state prosecutors must be prepared to provide sufficient evidence that you willfully inflicted violence or force upon your intimate partner.

The terms and definitions of willful infliction, violence, or force, as well as intimate partner, are crucial aspects of any domestic battery charges.

Some people believe that to willfully inflict anything upon another person, they must have intended to cause an injury and violate California law ꟷ but this is not always the case.

There are instances where an argument between 2 people spirals out of control and one of the persons involved accidentally injures the other even though their action was intended, such as kicking an object that hits the other person. Although kicking the object was the intended action, having the object hit and/or injure the other person was an accident.

Violence or force is sometimes confused with an action that produces bodily harm. If you were to push your intimate partner, your forceful action could be considered spousal battery.

Several different types of relationships can constitute an intimate partner, including:

  • Spouse
  • Fiancé
  • Mother or father of your child
  • Persons you previously or are currently dating

Establishing that an action you took was performed upon your intimate partner is determined based upon whether or not you made contact with your intimate partner’s body, clothing, or something that was connected to him or her in some way.

Maximum Penalties

A conviction on your record for violating 243e PC can result in a misdemeanor offense as well as up to 1 year in jail, a $2,000 fine, and informal probation for up to 3 years.

In addition, the court may require you to complete a batterer’s program as well as pay money to women’s shelters and the alleged victim for legal costs, therapy, and other expenses arising from your alleged incident.

Possible Defense Strategies for Spousal Battery in Orange County

No matter what your circumstance, there are possible defense strategies that you could use to help prevent a conviction.

No two cases are the same, and those who are attempting to have their case dismissed or obtain a not guilty verdict are encouraged to contact a skilled Orange County spousal battery defense attorney for further guidance.

Domestic violence law is complicated and may require an experienced legal professional to properly evaluate your situation.

The following are defense strategies commonly used by those facing penal code 243(e)(1) charges:

Wrongfully Accused

“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” There are a number of cases where disagreements between intimate partners have resulted in false allegations of domestic abuse. If you are a victim of false allegations, I suggest an in-depth background check into your partner’s criminal history. Many times, those who make false allegations do so repeatedly against multiple individuals.


If your domestic battery charges resulted during an incident in which you were trying to protect yourself, you may be able to have the charges against you dismissed. Unfortunately, many PC 243e1 incidences are a matter of “he said, she said,” but if you have some form of evidence to help support your claims you may be in a position to achieve a favorable case outcome.


If your spousal battery charge is the result of an accident, you may be able to use this to your advantage. If you did not willfully perform an act of force or violence, PC 243e1 does not apply to you.

Choosing the Best Defense in Orange County

Every case is different. The right defense in one case might be the wrong defense in a different case.

Choosing the best defense to spousal battery starts with the facts. Is this a “he said, she said” case or are there witnesses?

If physical injury is alleged, are the injuries confirmed by photographs or medical evidence? Is there an alternative explanation for any injuries that exist? Does the accused have an alibi?

Apart from factual defenses, it may be possible to assert legal defenses. Perhaps the alleged offense occurred beyond the court’s jurisdiction or happened too long ago to prosecute. Perhaps key evidence against the accused was obtained illegally. A number of legal defenses might derail the prosecution before the case ever gets to trial.

Many cases turn on credibility: Did the accuser make false accusations in the past? Does the accuser have a motive to get their intimate partner into trouble? Does other evidence prove that it is impossible for the alleged battery to have occurred in the way the accuser describes? Has the accuser been inconsistent when describing the alleged battery?

We’re Here to Help

Choosing the right defense puts the accused in a position of strength. When prosecutors fear losing a case, they negotiate more reasonably. Sometimes they dismiss a charge.

Having a strong Orange County spousal battery attorney can make the difference between a bad outcome and a good one.

Those facing charges for violating Penal Code 243 E 1 are invited to contact our law firm for a free case evaluation.

The PC 243(e)(1) Orange County spousal abuse attorneys at the Law Offices of Randy Collins are committed to providing top notch legal defense for each and every client that they represent.

Call (844) 807-8180 or send us a message to take advantage of a free consultation with one of our experienced Orange County spousal battery lawyers.

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