The "PC" listed on the charging document references the "Penal Code".
A charge of "273.5(A) PC" is a felony charge for corporal injury to a spouse/cohabitee/parent of your child. The range of punishment for this offense is 2, 3 or 4 years in state prison.
A charge of 853.7PC is a misdemeanor offense for failing to make a court appearance.
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The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is that the latter is punishable by a maximum of one year in the county jail. Felony time is served in state prison and usually is a minimum of 16 months although a very few crimes are punishable in state prison for one year and a day.
PC 273.5 is a "wobbler" offense, which means it can be filed as a misdemeanor (maximum one year jail) or felony (up to 4 years in prison).
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