Elder Abuse Can Be Both Physical, Mental or Financial

Posted On: March 6, 2012 by Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney

Recently a granddaughter was convicted of elder abuse and grand theft by in affect accessing and taking her grandmother’s money and jewelry and selling it without her consent and then placing her grandmother in a nursing home. The mental abuse consisted of the conditions of the nursing facility in addition to her isolation her abandonment and the lack of visits or calls.

If a person commits multiple acts of theft, all of which are of an amount which is lower than what would constitute a charge of grand theft, they can be consolidated if the total amount is above the minimal requirement for a grand theft.

Elder abuse is defined as any person who knows or reasonably should know that a person is an elder or a dependent adult and who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any elder or dependent adult, willfully causes or permits the person or health of the elder or dependent adult to be injured, or willfully causes or permits the elder or dependent adult to be placed in a situation in which his or her person or health is endangered.

This is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine not to exceed six thousand dollars ($6,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, or by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years.

If you or a loved one is facing a charge of elder abuse, contact the criminal defense attorneys at Wallin and Klarich. We at Wallin and Klarich have many years of experience successfully defending people charged with these types of crimes. We will work to aggressively defend you by investigating all aspects of your case.