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(a)?Every person who takes, entices away, keeps, withholds, or conceals a child and maliciously deprives a lawful custodian of a right to custody, or a person of a right to visitation, shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 for 16 months, or two or three years, a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both that fine and imprisonment.
(b)?Nothing contained in this section limits the court's contempt power.
(c)?A custody order obtained after the taking, enticing away, keeping, withholding, or concealing of a child does not constitute a defense to a crime charged under this section.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - California Code, Penal Code - PEN § 278.5 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ca/penal-code/pen-sect-278-5/
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