Penal Code 243 Spousal Battery Lawyers

In Orange County and Riverside California, there is one misdemeanor domestic violence offense that is more commonly issued 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.

Charged with PC 243(e)(1)? Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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 three 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 that they must have intended to cause an injury and violate California law, but this is not always the case.

There are instances where an argument between two 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 for Violating PC 243(e)(1)

A conviction on your record for violating 243e PC can result in a misdemeanor offence as well as up to one year in jail, a $2,000 fine, and informal probation for up to three 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

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 California domestic violence 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 has 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.

Self Defense

  • 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 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.

California Domestic Violence Legal Defense


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) defense 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 888-250-2865 to take advantage of a free consultation with one of our experienced domestic violence legal professionals.

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