California Penal Code 242

Facing allegations for battery?

California Penal Code (PC) § 242 defines a violent criminal offense known as battery. Under this statute, battery is considered any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another person. Although this legal definition may at first appear straightforward, there are a number of legal intricacies and elements involved in the allegation. There are also many ways in which this charge can arise. Generally, though, a person can be charged with 242 when they make any type of unwanted physical contact upon the person of another, regardless if the other person suffered any harm or not.

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