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The penalties for California battery in most cases include a fine of up to two thousand dollars ($2,000) and/or up to six (6) months in county jail. As a first time offender, the State may only seek a probationary sentence and no jail time, especially if there was no injury suffered. I know and understand you were upset about the harassment but unless you were physically defending yourself against them, it is not a legal defense to slap them as a result of this harassment.
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