PC 273.5(A) – CORPORAL INJURY TO SPOUSE

What is PC 273.5(a), or Corporal Injury? 

The law defines Corporal Injury as the act of inflicting physical injury on a former/current spouse, a cohabitant, or a mother or father of one’s child in a manner resulting in a traumatic condition. The injury must be visible and bodily, though it can be minor, such as a scratch, redness, swelling, or bruising. It can also be something more severe in nature, such as a broken nose, concussion, or fractured bone. It is important to note that one can only be charged with Penal Code 273.5(a) PC if the injury is corporal (meaning physical). This particular penal code (273.5) does not cover a mental or psychological injury.