A.(1)  Battery of a police officer is a battery committed without the consent of the victim when the offender has reasonable grounds to believe the victim is a police officer acting in the performance of his duty.

B.(1)  Whoever commits the crime of battery of a police officer shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars and imprisoned not less than fifteen days nor more than six months without benefit of suspension of sentence.

(2)  If at the time of the commission of the offense the offender is under the jurisdiction and legal custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, or is being detained in any jail, prison, correctional facility, juvenile institution, temporary holding center, halfway house, or detention facility, the offender shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars and imprisoned with or without hard labor without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence for not less than one year nor more than five years.  Such sentence shall be consecutive to any other sentence imposed for violation of the provisions of any state criminal law.

(3)  If the battery produces an injury that requires medical attention, the offender shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years, or both.  At least thirty days of the sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.

Added by Acts 1981, No. 258, §1.  Amended by Acts 1982, No. 594, §1; Acts 1984, No. 871, §1; Acts 1989, No. 206, §1; Acts 1990, No. 84, §1; Acts 1991, No. 132, §1; Acts 1993, No. 438, §1; Acts 1994, 3rd Ex. Sess., No. 16, §1; Acts 1997, No. 486, §1; Acts 1999, No. 338, §1; Acts 1999, No. 872, §1; Acts 2001, No. 944, §4; Acts 2007, No. 52, §1, eff. June 18, 2007; Acts 2012, No. 174, §1.