Penal Code Section 240
California Penal Code Section 240 provides:
An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another. [Enacted 1872]
A conviction for having violated California Penal Code Section 240 is ordinarily punished pursuant to California Penal Code Section 241, which provides:
(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.