California Penal Code 272a is defined as Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. This offense often may involve related charges and may be prosecuted broadly. The crime can be committed when someone acts, or when someone fails to act or perform a duty, resulting in a minor becoming a dependent of the juvenile court system, a juvenile delinquent, or a habitual truant.
A violation of Penal Code 272a is a misdemeanor in California. The penalties may include up to one year in the county jail and/or a fine.
California Penal Code 272b, conversely, makes it a crime for adult “strangers” (people with no pre-existing relationship with the child) to contact a child under fourteen years of age in an attempt to lure him or her away from his or her parents.
A violation of Penal Code 272b may be filed as a misdemeanor or as an infraction. The penalties may include jail time and/or a fine.
Commonly used legal defenses in fighting these charges include showing that the defendant was falsely accused, that the defendant did not know the minor was under 18 years of age, or that the defendant is a parent who was unable to control her or her child.
If you’ve been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, call the law firm of H. Charles Gorian today. We know the California laws that affect your situation and we are prepared to stand in your corner and battle for your legal rights. We will work tirelessly to build the strongest case in your defense. We have helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
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