California Penal Code Section 243.10. A

243.10. (a) Any person who commits a battery against a member of the United States Armed Forces because of the victim s service in the United States Armed Forces shall be punished by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars ($2,000), by imprisonment in a county jail for a period not exceeding one year, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

(b) Because of means that the bias motivation must be a cause in fact of the battery, whether or not other causes exist. When multiple concurrent motives exist, the prohibited bias must be a substantial factor in bringing about the battery.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 138, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2004.)

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