People responsible for taking care of older adults are particularly vulnerable to charges of elder abuse, both from clients and the patient’s family. Patients of caretakers occasionally make up false claims of abuse because they wish for increased independence in their live or, sometimes because they suffer from mental disabilities such as dementia. In cases involving accusations from family members false charges often stem from their being upset about seeing the physical or mental decline of a loved one. In some cases, charges will arise from jealous family members who have discovered their relative gave money or made a loan to their attendant or wrote a caretaker into their will.
What is Elder Abuse
Elder abuse comes in a variety of forms -both physical abuse, sexual abuse and financial exploitation. The specific charges will vary depending on the specific accusations involved, but the victim must always be over 65 for it to qualify as elder abuse. If you have been accused of elder abuse or believe you are being investigated for the crime, please contact criminal attorneys in Vista as soon as possible.
Fighting Elder Abuse Charges
These charges vary greatly in their scope and complexity. In some cases, evidence is flimsy and simply revolves around one family member claiming their relative was defrauded financially. Even so, elder financial abuse or fraud cases can be very complex and similar to white collar cases. Your Vista criminal defense attorneys should have expertise with complicated financial transactions.
Other times there is ample evidence pointing to abuse and it will take top Vista criminal defense lawyer to craft a defense based on your specific circumstance. If the case against you is too strong, Vista criminal attorneys may instead work with the prosecution to negotiate a plea bargain that will minimize the potential sentence you could face.
It is important to realize that physical abuse can also be based on neglect. So, for example, if you agree to take care of your parent, you are liable if the state finds your parent suffered as a result of your neglect.
If you have been accused of elder abuse of any form, it is critical you contact Vista criminal defense attorney Peter M. Liss as soon as possible in order to protect your rights and help you fight the charges. Please call (760) 643-4050 schedule a free initial consultation.
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