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Penal Code 272 PC | Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor: An Overview of California Penal Code 272 PC

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a serious offense in California that can lead to criminal penalties. This article provides an in-depth look at California Penal Code 272 PC, which defines and penalizes this crime. We’ll cover the legal definition, common examples, penalties, and defenses.

Examples of Contributing to Delinquency of a Minor

Some common examples of acts that could lead to charges include:

  • Providing alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to a minor
  • Allowing minors to engage in illegal activities on one’s property
  • Persuading a minor to commit a crime, skip school, disobey parents, etc.
  • Failing to supervise a minor in one’s care resulting in injury, delinquent behavior, etc.
  • Sexual abuse or other mistreatment of a child
  • Abandoning a minor without care or resources

As you can see, the crime encompasses a wide range of conduct that places minors in danger or leads them to break the law.

Penalties for Violating Penal Code 272 PC

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a misdemeanor offense in California. [1] Potential penalties include:

  • Up to 1 year in county jail
  • Fines up to $2,500
  • Informal or formal probation
  • Counseling, parenting classes, or other rehabilitation

More severe penalties may apply if the conduct involves abuse, violence, or sexual offenses against a child. Contributing to delinquency charges can also impact child custody and professional licensing.

Legal Defenses Against Contributing to Delinquency Charges

When defending against PC 272 charges, some strategies may include:

  • Lack of criminal intent – The prosecution must prove you acted willfully or negligently. If your conduct was accidental or justified, it may not meet the intent requirement.
  • False accusations – Witnesses, alleged victims, or others may falsely accuse someone of contributing to a minor’s delinquency. A skilled defense attorney can challenge credibility.
  • No actual delinquency occurred – If the minor did not actually become delinquent, dependent, or truant, the charges may be dismissed.
  • Reasonable parental discipline – Parents have a right to reasonably discipline children. Non-abusive punishment likely does not constitute criminal behavior.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer can evaluate the details of your case and decide which defenses to pursue.

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Related Offenses

Other California laws related to minors and delinquency include:

  • Furnishing alcohol/marijuana to a minor – It is illegal to provide cannabis or alcohol to those under 21. (HS 11361, BPC 25658) [3]
  • Lewd acts with a minor – Engaging in sexually motivated touching or exposure with a child under 14. (PC 288)
  • Child abuse – Willfully harming or injuring a child. (PC 273d)
  • Statutory rape – Sex with a minor under the age of consent. (PC 261.5)
  • Child endangerment – Placing a child in harm’s way. (PC 273a)

Committing any of the above alongside contributing to delinquency may lead to additional charges.

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