Introduction to Criminal Law

Criminal law includes a set of legal guidelines and rules that determine what activity is classified as criminal conduct and how the state can prosecute those who commit these crimes. The federal, state, and municipal authorities all have penal codes that outline what crimes are illegal and what sanctions criminals may face. Fines, trials, or imprisonment may be imposed on those who violate federal, state, or local laws. This article will focus on the violent actions taken by the criminals and their consequences in Inglewood, CA.

Criminal Laws in Inglewood, California

In Inglewood, California, every type of crime possesses some penalties and sanctions against the offenders who break the law. Some criminal laws are discussed below:

  • Domestic Violence Law

Domestic violence is defined by California Penal Code 13700 as abuse or violence against a close or intimate person. When a person intentionally or aggressively uses or attempts to use a deadly force against a close partner, this is attributed to as “abuse.” which is an illegal act and is prohibited in California. Domestic violence laws in Inglewood, California focus on preventing abuse in familial or loving relationships. Domestic violence or abuse occurs when a person is performing an illegal act against a former partner or a husband, a coupe or former cohabitant, or a parent with whom the person has a child as defined by the California Penal Code. Domestic violence is often related to child abuse.

California Criminal Law and Penalties for Domestic Violence

Besides California Penal Code 13700 which defines domestic violence as abuse, the penal code section 242 defined violence as the “deliberate and illegal use of power or force against another person. Domestic violence is also criminalized under Penal code Section 273.5 when an individual’s intentional behavior causes a “corporal damage or serious injury resulting in a traumatic situation” to a person with whom the individual has one of the familial or close relationships defined by California’s domestic violence laws. Under California Penal Code 273.5, domestic abuse can lead to a penalty of imprisonment in state prison for 2, 3, or 4 years, or detention to country jail for no more than 1 year, as well as a fine of up to $6,000, or both.

  • Kidnapping Laws

According to the California Penal Code Section 207, kidnapping can be defined as an illegal act that occurs when an individual kidnaps or moves another person against their will. A prosecution must prove that the offender used physical force to kidnap, seize, or otherwise move the plaintiff to maintain the requirements of California’s kidnapping laws. There are two core classifications of kidnapping:

  1. Simple Kidnapping.
  2. Aggravated Kidnapping.

What are the Penalties for Kidnapping?

A prosecution for kidnapping involves a state prison sentence of three, five, or eight years. If the plaintiff is a child under the age of fourteen and the offender is not a parent or another person granted access by judicial order, the penalty is extended to five, eight, or eleven years in prison. Using the felony-murder law, the prosecutor can prosecute the offender with first-degree murder if murder or another specified crime occurs during the kidnapping. A charge for homicide during a kidnapping can result in a lifetime in life in prison without parole of parole or the death penalty.

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