purpose. It is not required that he or she intend to break the law, hurt
someone else, or gain any advantage.
Making contact with another person, including through his or her
clothing, is enough to commit a battery. [The slightest touching can be
enough if it is done in a rude or angry way.] [The touching does not
have to cause pain or injury of any kind.]
[The touching can be done indirectly by causing an object [or someone
else] to touch the other person.]
[An injury is any physical injury that requires professional medical
treatment. The question whether an injury requires such treatment
cannot be answered simply by deciding whether or not a person sought
or received treatment. You may consider those facts, but you must
decide this question based on the nature, extent, and seriousness of the
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The court has a sua sponte duty to give an instruction deﬁning the elements of the
If there is sufficient evidence of self-defense or defense of another, the court has a
sua sponte duty to instruct on the defense. Give bracketed element 6, the bracketed
words “and unlawfully” in element 2, and any appropriate defense instructions.
(See CALCRIM Nos. 3470–3477.)
If the alleged victim was an operator, driver, station agent, or ticket agent of a
statutorily speciﬁed vehicle or transportation entity, give bracketed element 3 and
the bracketed language in element 4. If the alleged victim was a passenger, omit
bracketed element 3 and the bracketed language in element 4.
Give bracketed element 5 and the bracketed deﬁnition of “injury” if the defendant
is charged with felony battery based on an injury to the alleged victim. (See Pen.
Code, § 243.3.)
Give the ﬁnal bracketed paragraph if indirect touching is an issue.
• Elements. Pen. Code, §§ 242, 243.3; see People v. Martinez (1970) 3
Cal.App.3d 886, 889 [83 Cal.Rptr. 914] [harmful or offensive touching].
• Injury Deﬁned. Pen. Code, § 243(f)(6); People v. Longoria (1995) 34
Cal.App.4th 12, 17 [40 Cal.Rptr.2d 213].
• Willful Deﬁned. Pen. Code, § 7(1); People v. Lara (1996) 44 Cal.App.4th 102,
107 [51 Cal.Rptr.2d 402].
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