The California Penal Code is the primary set of statutes that define criminal offenses and criminal procedures under state law. The Penal Code was enacted in 1872 and has been substantially revised and amended since that time.
Although penal code sections provide the formal definition of a criminal offense, court case law, legislative history, and jury instructions offer further guidance as to how particular sections apply.
Below, our criminal defense attorneys offer an in-depth legal analysis of the most significant penal code sections:
Penal Code 195 PC | Excusable Homicide
Penal Code 196 PC | Justifiable Homicide by Peace Officers
Penal Code 197 PC | Justifiable Homicide by Other Person