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Get the Facts About Charges of Corporal Injury Against a Spouse and How to Defend Yourself

If you've been charged with inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or kid, you're probably wondering what that means. What does it mean to have a "corporal injury"? Continue reading to find out the solution and learn about your defensive alternatives. Then call (949) 585-9055 to schedule a free legal consultation with Law Office of Michael L. Fell.

The meaning of corporal injuries

Corporal injury is a legal term that refers to a bodily harm induced by a stressful event. It is frequently associated with violent crimes, such as domestic violence. The case becomes more serious than a mere domestic violence offense when a corporal harm is caused.

Because the word "corporal injury" is so vague, most states have altered their laws to prohibit its usage. It is still used in a few places, including California.

The amount of force doesn't matter

It is usual for someone charged of corporal harm to claim that they did not strike the victim hard. Only a bodily hurt inflicted on another individual by force is required under this legislation. It makes no difference how much force was used, whether it was inflicted with a weapon, or whether it resulted in small or significant harm — if any injury happened on the victim's body, corporal injury may be claimed.

Corporal injury examples

Consider the following instances and how they differ in terms of harm to have a better understanding of corporal injury. Corporal injury might include broken bones, gunshot wounds, bruises, concussions, cuts, lacerations, internal bleeding, or a damaged muscle or ligament. This is despite the fact that the severity of internal bleeding and a minor injury are vastly different.

Frequently held misconceptions about corporal injuries

Hopefully, a few instances have clarified what corporal damage is, but let's also analyze what it isn't. Because it is not a physical injury, posttraumatic stress from the assault is not considered a corporal injury, nor is mental anguish. Property damage isn't eligible because it doesn't involve a person. Bodily contact that does not leave a mark and does not result in a physical injury is not considered corporal injury.

Options for defending against corporal injury charges

The best defense for each given case will be determined by the circumstances at hand, but there are various strategies to examine. Showing that you were acting in self-defense or protecting someone else, that the victim mistook you for someone else, or that the victim is fabricating their accusations are all common scenarios.

Whatever the details of your case, the best way to go is to contact a criminal defense lawyer who can assist you in achieving the best possible defense. For a free legal consultation, call Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 right now.