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The Corporal Injury law is also referred to as spousal abuse. It involves any act that intentionally inflicts a physical injury on an intimate partner or domestic relation.
The punishment for the crime of Corporal Injury can vary widely, depending on the facts of your case. In order for you to be convicted, the prosecution must prove each of the following against you:
You willfully inflicted physical force against a spouse/intimate partner or cohabitant. The force was so great that it resulted in serious bodily injury lasting more than 7 days and fractured bones AND You actually intended to inflict such injuries OR knew they would be likely to occur from acting in such a manner
If your case involved some form of self defense, then you are not guilty of the crime.
A domestic disturbance can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the seriousness of the injuries you inflicted.
If your case involved some type of self defense, then you are not guilty of the crime. There are three types of corporal injury cases- first degree (serious bodily injury), second degree (substantial bodily injury and/or you actually intended to inflict such injuries) and third degree (no serious bodily injury).
If the case is filed as a misdemeanor, then you face up to one year in jail and fines reaching $6,000. If it is filed as a felony however, then it carries two to four years in prison and a maximum fine $6,000. You must also pay for your victim’s medical expenses.
The punishment for Corporal Injury is serious because, by definition, it causes bodily injury that results in a “traumatic condition.” This can include injuries such as:
A concussion; A bone fracture You know about the victim’s susceptibility to these injuries- due to age or health conditions The injury was caused willfully and did not result from an accident
Other variables involved in sentencing are:
Whether you have been previously convicted of this crime Whether you inflicted the consented upon infliction of force against a spouse/intimate partner or cohabitant Were there any special circumstances (i.e. the crime was committed with a weapon) Were there any prior convictions involving your spouse?