Torture

California Torture Law

Torture Crime Defense Lawyers in Los Angeles

The state of California enforces a law that makes "torture" a criminal offense. Under this law – California Penal Code § 206 – the crime of torture occurs when a person inflicts great bodily harm on another with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain.

Under the law, the crime of torture does not require proof that a victim experienced pain. Instead, it focuses on the intent of a person to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering for reasons that may include revenge, extortion, persuasion, or any other sadistic purpose. Torture is an extremely serious crime and is punishable by life imprisonment.

In addition to the intent of causing cruel or extreme pain, California's torture law also requires that a person inflicted great bodily injury. Great bodily injury generally means injuries that are serious, but does not necessarily require injuries to be permanent, disabling, or disfiguring. Examples of great bodily injury may include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Broken bones
  • Strangulation

Learn More About Torture Charges & Penalties

Our attorneys at Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP are experienced in representing clients charged with serious crimes, including those that pose penalties of life in prison. By drawing from more than 50 years of combined experience and the determination to fight aggressively on behalf of our clients, we've proven that we can protect them from even the most serious punishment. Our attorneys have also handled over 200 jury trials and have secured hundreds of case dismissals.

For more information about the crime of torture, the penalties at stake, and how our legal team can help, call (800) 462-7160 today for a free legal consultation.

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