OVERVIEW OF VIOLENT CRIMES IN CALIFORNIA
 
                                                                                  Mayhem PC 203
Every person who unlawfully and maliciously deprives a human being of a member of his body, or disables, disfigures, or renders it useless, or cuts or disables the tongue, or puts out an eye, or slits the nose, ear, or lip, is guilty of mayhem.

                                                                                 Torture PC 206

 Every person who, with the intent to cause cruel or extreme pain and suffering for the purpose of revenge, extortion, persuasion, or for any sadistic purpose, inflicts great bodily injury as defined in Section 12022.7 upon the person of another, is guilty of torture. The crime of torture does not require any proof that the victim suffered pain.

                                                                   Assault and Battery PC 240 - PC 248 

An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. 

241.(a) An assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars "$1,000", or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.

(b) When an assault is committed against the person of a parking control officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, and the person committing the offense knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a parking control officer, the assault is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars "$2,000", or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by both the fine and imprisonment.

PC 242 - A battery is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.

PC 243 (a) - A battery is punishable by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars "$2,000", or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both a fine and imprisonment.

254 (a) (1) - Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a deadly weapon or instrument other than a firearm shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for 2, 3, or 4 years, or serve it in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars "$10,000", or by both a fine and imprisonment.

(2) - Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a firearm shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for 2, 3, or 4 years, or in a county jail for not less than 6 months and not exceeding 1 year, or by both a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars "$10,000" and imprisonment.

(4) - Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years, or in a county jail for not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars "$10,000", or by both a fine and imprisonment.

(b) - Any person who commits an assault upon the person of another with a semiautomatic firearm shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three, six, or nine years. Any person who commits an assault with a deadly weapon or instrument, other than a firearm, or by any means likely to produce great bodily injury upon the person of a peace officer or firefighter, and who knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a peace officer or firefighter engaged in the performance of his or her duties, when the peace officer or firefighter is engaged in the performance of his or her duties, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for 3, 4, or 5 years.

(d) (1) - Any person who commits an assault with a firearm upon the person of a peace officer or firefighter, and who knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a peace officer or firefighter engaged in the performance of his or her duties, when the peace officer or firefighter is engaged in the performance of his or her duties, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for four, six, or eight years.

(2) - Any person who commits an assault upon the person of a peace officer or firefighter with a semiautomatic firearm and who knows or reasonably should know that the victim is a peace officer or firefighter engaged in the performance of his or her duties, when the peace officer or firefighter is engaged in the performance of his or her duties, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for five, seven, or nine years.

(e) - When a person is convicted of a violation of this section in a case involving use of a deadly weapon or instrument or firearm, and the weapon or instrument or firearm is owned by that person, the court shall order that the weapon or instrument or firearm be deemed a nuisance, and it shall be confiscated and disposed of in the manner provided by Sections 18000 and 18005.

                                                                                         Kidnapping PC 207

(a) - Every person who forcibly, or by any other means of instilling fear, steals, takes, holds, detains, or arrests any person in this state, and carries the person into another country, state, county, or into another part of the same county is guilty of kidnapping.

(b) - Every person, who hires, persuades, entices, decoys, or seduces by false promises, misrepresentations, or the like, any child under the age of 14 years to go out of this country, state, or into another part of the same county, is guilty of kidnapping.

(c) - Every person who forcibly, or by any other means of instilling fear, takes, holds, detains, or arrests any person, with a design to take the person out of this state without having established a claim according to the laws of the United States, or of this state, or who hires, persuades, entices, decoys, or seduces by false promises, misrepresentations, or the like any person to go out of this state, to be taken or removed therefrom for the purpose and with the intent to sell that person into slavery or involuntary servitude, or otherwise to employ that person for his or her own use, or to the use of another without the free will and consent of that persuaded person is guilty of kidnapping.

(d) - Every person who being out of this state, abducts, takes by force, fraud any person contrary to the law of the place where that act is committed, and brings, sends, or conveys that person within the limits of this state and is afterwards found within the limits thereof is guilty of kidnapping.

(e) - For purposes of those types of kidnapping requiring force the amount of force required to kidnap an unresisting infant or child is the amount of physical force required to take and carry the child away a substantial distance for an illegal purpose or with an illegal intent.