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What is Corporal Injury?
(8 Long-Term Impacts & Definition)

Corporal injury is typically defined as willfully inflicting a physical injury on an intimate partner. In most cases, the injuries are visible, but they could also include internal injuries.
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Is Corporal Injury to a Spouse the Same as Domestic Violence?

The main distinction between domestic violence and corporal injury is that in a corporal injury, physical injuries are inflicted. This makes the crime of corporal injury to a spouse a type of domestic violence offense. However, domestic violence charges do not necessarily require there to be a physical injury.

The corporal injury classification makes the offense more severe than simple domestic violence. The penalties for a conviction are higher, and there are potential sentencing enhancements.

Corporal Injury as a "Wobbler" Offense

In many jurisdictions, the crime of inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant is considered a “wobbler” offense, which means that the crime can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon a number of factors.

When determining how an offender should be charged, prosecutors will consider the following:

  • The specific facts of the case
  • The severity of injuries suffered by the victim, and
  • The offender's prior criminal history (if any) ...

What is the Long-Term Impact of Corporal Injury?

Victims of corporal injury may suffer from long-term psychological harm, including:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Increased anger
  • Feelings of resentment
  • Outbursts of aggression
  • Deteriorating peer relationships
  • A tendency for school avoidance

What is the Statute of Limitations on Corporal Injury?

In California and many other states, there is a 5-year statute of limitations for the following crimes: Corporal injury on spouse or cohabitant (273.5 PC) Mandated reporter failing to report sexual assault. Crimes against elderly or dependent adults (not including theft or embezzlement).

Also Read: Corporal Injury VS Domestic Abuse

What to Do if You've Been Accused of Corporal Injury

Corporal injury has the potential to be a very serious criminal charge, which is why you should speak to an experienced spousal abuse lawyer at Schmidt & Clark if you've been accused of this or another similar crime. If you hire our law firm before charges are filed, our attorneys will take a proactive approach to your case.

By fighting aggressively for you before charges are filed, your attorney may be able to get the charges dropped or talk prosecutors into filing misdemeanor charges instead of felony charges. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options and rights.

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