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Mayhem Laws in California – Federal Criminal Defense Attorney 

Posted by Raoul Severo | May 08, 2020 | 0 Comments

Commonly, Mayhem is known as the criminal act of disabling, disfiguring or chopping off or making useless an extremity or member of a person  (for example, leg, arm, hand, foot, eye) It is also called maiming if the act is committed either intentionally or in a fight. The serious nature of the injury makes mayhem a felony, which is called aggravated assault or aggravated battery offense in California and  most states.

The term of Mayhem crime is defined in California Penal Code Section 203 PC as the action of unlawfully or maliciously doing of any of the following act by a person to another person:

  • Depriving him of a part of his body
  • Disabling, disfiguring or rendering by any means a part of body and making it useless
  • Cutting or disabling the tongue
  • Poking out the eye 
  • Slitting the nose, ear or lips

Punishment for mayhem charges in California

The California Penal Code Section 205 PC defines aggravated mayhem as an intentionally or willing act that causes someone a permanent disability or disfigurement of any part of the body of a person or to deprive the person of a limb, organ or any other part. It also includes:

  • Violation of Section 203 PC is a felony and the punish is up to 8 years in jail, as well as a heavy fine and formal probation
  • Violation of Section 205PC is punishable by imprisonment of life with possibility of parole.

Defense attorney for mayhem charges

  • Self defense
  • No intent
  • False Accusation
  • Lack of Evidence
  • No Cause of action

Facing charges of mayhem in California is a very serious offense that can result in a severe penalty of jail time.  If you or someone close to you are facing charges for mayhem or you are the victim of this offense, getting in touch with an experienced defense attorney is the best course of action. With more than 40 years of experience, the Law Office of Raoul Severo is at your disposal for a free of charge assessment of your case.

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