California Evidence Code section 452.5(b)

Evidence Code section 452.5, subdivision (b) provides: "An official record of conviction certified in accordance with subdivision (a) of Section 1530 is admissible pursuant to Section 1280 record made by public employee to prove the commission, attempted commission, or solicitation of a criminal offense, prior conviction, service of a prison term, or other act, condition, or event recorded by the record." (Stats. 2002, ch. 784, 102, p. 4779.) That section "creates a hearsay exception allowing admission of qualifying court records to prove not only the fact of conviction, but also that the offense reflected in the record occurred." (People v. Duran (2002) 97 Cal.App.4th 1448, 1460.) Evidence Code section 452.5, subdivision (b), does not establish hearsay exception for testimonial proof of a misdemeanor conviction. "A person need not have an intent to injure to commit a battery. He only needs to intend to commit the act. . Thus, a simple battery does not necessarily show readiness to do evil or necessarily involve moral turpitude. (See People v. Cavazos (1985) 172 Cal.App.3d 589, 594.)" (Ibid.) "The offense of felony battery is a simple battery which results in serious bodily injury." (Ibid.) "The state of mind necessary for the commission of a battery with serious bodily injury is the same as that for simple battery; it is only the result which is different. It follows that because simple battery is not a crime involving moral turpitude, battery resulting in serious bodily injury necessarily cannot be a crime of moral turpitude because it also can arise from the 'least touching.' Although serious injury resulting from a simple offensive touching may not be likely, in determining whether a certain crime is one of moral turpitude, the reviewing court may not go behind the conviction and take evidence on the underlying facts. (People v. Castro, supra, 38 Cal.3d at p. 317.)" (Ibid.) "If past criminal conduct amounting to a misdemeanor has some logical bearing upon the veracity of a witness in a criminal proceeding, that conduct is admissible, subject to trial court discretion, as 'relevant' evidence under section 28, subdivision (d) now 28, subd. (f)(2)" of article I of the California Constitution (Right to Truth-in-Evidence provision). (People v. Wheeler (1992) 4 Cal.4th 284, 295 (Wheeler).) "Misconduct involving moral turpitude may suggest a willingness to lie citations . . . ." (Id. at pp. 295-296.) "'Moral turpitude' refers to a general '"readiness to do evil"' even if dishonesty is not necessarily involved. (People v. Castro (1985) 38 Cal.3d 301, 315 . . .; see Wheeler, supra, 4 Cal.4th 284, 295.)" (People v. Contreras (2013) 58 Cal.4th 123, 157, fn. 24.) "It is undeniable that a witness' moral depravity of any kind has some 'tendency in reason' (Evid. Code, 210) to shake one's confidence in his honesty." (People v. Castro, supra, at p. 315.)