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Dr.GH



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(Permalink) Posted: July 12 2008,13:50   

California
PENAL CODE
SECTION 240-248

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

In practice, "unlawful attempt" includes threats, so that if someone were to say "I have a gun, and I'll kill you" that could constitute assault. It would not matter if you really had a gun. The point was that painting threats are prosecuted as "hate crimes" rather than simple assault becasue of the religious, or ethnic nature of the crime. It would still be a crime regardless.

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