Los Angeles Elder Abuse Lawyer

Elder abuse law in California covers several crimes and involves a variety of situations. Pursuant to Penal Code 369, elder abuse is when any of the following actions are directed towards a person sixty-five years old or older.

  • Infliction of unjustifiable physical abuse, pain or injury on an elder
  • Emotional abuse of a senior that could include isolation, ridicule or mental suffering
  • Neglect and/or endangerment of an elder’s health or safety or other dependent adult
  • The financial exploitation of an elder, including fraud and financial abuse

Penalties for Elder Abuse in California

Elder abuse, under PC 368 may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the prosecutor’s opinion, the defendant’s criminal history and the facts of the case. As a misdemeanor, the potential penalties for elder abuse include:

  • Informal probation
  • A maximum sentence of one year in county jail
  • Fines
  • Restitution to the victim of the elder abuse

As a felony, the potential penalties for elder abuse include:

  • Formal supervised probation
  • If no aggravated circumstances (death or serious bodily injury) exist, two to four years in county jail
  • Fines of thousands of dollars
  • Restitution
  • The court recommended counseling

Legal Defenses for California Elder Abuse Charges

Penalties for a California elder abuse conviction are strict. With defendants often being caregivers to the elderly, elder abuse cases are highly emotionally-charged events because the relationships may be complicated, creating a devastating experience for all involved. Consequently, several legal defenses are available to those accused of an elder abuse. Some of these defenses include:

  • False accusations
  • Mistaken identity
  • Insufficient evidence of abuse

R.J. Manuelian Represents Elder Abuse Defendants

Ripe with the possibility of false accusations and wrongful arrests, an elder abuse case is complex, time-consuming, and difficult. It is important that defendants engage an experienced elder abuse defense attorney to insure that their rights are protected and their case is handled appropriately. As an experienced Los Angeles elder abuse criminal defense lawyer, R.J. Manuelian has successfully defended clients against elder abuse crimes. That experience has provided R.J. with the skill and knowledge to effectively develop a solid defense for your elder abuse case and the skill to negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf.

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