Cal. Penal Code Section 243(b) – Battery on a peace officer attorney

Mr. Steering interviewed about Jovan Jimenez case

Cal. Penal Code Section 243(b) – Battery on a peace officer attorney. In modern day America a criminal charge of “Cal. Penal Code Section 243(b) – Battery on a peace officer attorney” is in reality, “battery by a peace officer”. Police officers usually don’t just walk up to arbitrary people and just start beating them up. Usually, one party or the other doesn’t like the attitude of the other, and things start to snowball. Mr. Steering is a Cal. Penal Code Section 243(b) – Battery on a peace officer attorney as he defends bogus cases for violation of that statute.

Also, usually situations that end up with a police officer committing a battery on an innocent are also considered “Contempt Of Cop“ cases; criminal prosecutions for essentially, “bruised ego” violations. The “ego bruising”, is either a civilian not immediately, and without protest or question, getting-down on the ground in a prone position, or not doing something that the officer wants you to do (lawful, reasonable or not) immediately, and without question or protest, or a civilian verbally challenging and protesting actions by a police officer.

The Constable’s “ego” is typically “bruised”, by your conduct, such as: 1) asserting your Constitutional rights , or 2) claiming knowledge of them, or 3) asking the Constable why you’re being ordered to lie down on the ground while your chest is being illuminated by the red spot of a pistol or rifle targeting device; 4) telling the Constable that you have a medical condition that makes it difficult or painful to get on the ground; 5) telling the Constable that he can’t do something; 6) failing to consent to an entry or a search; 7) not exiting your house when ordered to do so (even though the police generally can’t order you to exit; U.S. v. Al-Azzawy, 784 F.2d 890 (1985) and 8) video / audio recording the police [something lawful].)

Police Misconduct Specialties:
  • Excessive Force
  • Concealing Evidence
  • Destroying  Evidence
  • False Arrest


  • K-9 Maulings
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Police Beatings
  • Police Brutality


  • Police Shootings
  • Whistle Blower Retaliation
  • Wrongful Death



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These are but a few examples. The list is endless, but the theme is the same. Failing to immediately do whatever the police tell you to do, without protest, challenge or remarks, often will result in you being beaten-up, falsely arrested, and maliciously criminally prosecuted for resistance offenses such as resisting arrest (Cal. Penal Code § 148(a)(1); resisting / obstructing / delaying peace officer; the most abused statute in the Penal Code), battery on a peace officer (Cal. Penal Code§ 242 / 243(b); battery on a peace officer), assault on a peace officer (Cal. Penal Code§ 240 / 241(c)) or today’s “crime de jour”, violation of Cal. Penal Code § 69; using force or violence to deter or prevent a public officer from performing a duty of their officer.

Resistance offenses such as resisting arrest (Cal. Penal Code § 148(a)(1)), battery on a peace officer (Cal. Penal Code§ 242 / 243(b)), “allows” the police to claim to that you committed a crime for behavior that is constitutionally protected, such as verbally protesting police action (i.e. “officer, stop hitting that handcuffed man in his head”), questioning police assertions of authority (i.e. “Do you have a search warrant to have entered and searched my house“) and failing to immediately comply with orders from a police officer (i.e. “Officer; why are you pointing that gun a my face and want me to lie down on the dirty ground”.) It’s also the general default charge that the police use when you didn’t commit a crime, because the boys and girls back at the at the station in the report writing room, will come-up with some sort fabrication of the events, based on the “deniable” and the “undeniable”, to justify splitting you head open for not getting on the ground fast enough. The police admit but spin what they can’t deny (i.e. conclusive video or audio recording), and deny anything prejudicial, or any material fact that is viewed as potentially helpful to the victim of police abuse being able to recover compensation for outrages perpetrated upon them.

In the end, the point of a police officer charging you with the crime of battery on a peace officer or some other resistance offense is to shift the blame from them to you. If you are convicted of a resistance offense such as battery on a peace officer, you are precluded from suing the officer for using unreasonable force upon you. The District Attorney’s Office is more than happy to accept whatever even obviously falsehoods that the police put in their report and to criminally prosecute you to protect the offending officer.

If you are being prosecuted for battery on a peace officer or some other resistance offense, please contact us at (949) 474-1849 or at

Jerry L. Steering