As stated in Section 368 of the California Penal Code, charges of elder abuse are serious crimes. These are not just EDACPA civil cases. Anyone accused of this offense should have legal representation of criminal, and civil defense attorneys.
Hence, as a defendant, your legal professional will protect your rights with efficient defense strategies. In some cases of elder abuse and neglect, charges could get dismissed or reduced. But this is only by effectively using one of several elder abuse defenses.
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The most common defenses that have been successful in cases involving ELFPI include:
This is correct. An individual is not criminally liable for elder abuse when acting in self-defense. So this includes defending another person. Normally this is a type of situation where an adult over the age of 65 acted physically aggressive and tries to attack you.
For this type of defense to be successful the defendant must show:
Elder abuse laws say the accused must have willfully committed the offense. Also, they could be criminally negligent in committing the offense. Plus, the harm must be to an individual in their care or custody.
So this means the defendant must have acted in a manner that created a risk of injury to the victim he or she was caring for. Hence, if the accused' actions were careless, and not negligent, good defense lawyers may be able to show there was no willful negligence.
California Penal Code § 368 requires the defendant to do bad things. So he must have willfully acted in a manner resulting in unjustifiable physical pain.
California law stipulates the victim must be 65 years or older at the time of the alleged elder abuse. So if the victim was not at least 65, the defendant could not get convicted our found liable of elder abuse.
It is rare to see a defendant charged with this type of offense if the alleged victim was under the age of 65.
Under the California Penal Code, the defendant must know the victim was 65 years of age or older. So at the time of the alleged incident knowledge of age is a factor.
But in some cases, the defense can focus on the fact the defendant did not know the age. So the defense could say the victim had a younger appearance.
Hence, plaintiff had a lack of knowledge of age. So if the defendant did not reasonably know the person was at least 65 years of age, he avoids an elder abuse conviction. ELFPI is an accomplished elder abuse attorney in Orange County, LA and other locations in Southern California.
Their coverage area includes Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles. It runs to San Francisco, San Diego, Ventura and other places. So our law firm has the local resources to investigate the incident and the commitment to justice.
We will fight to protect your rights. Contact us today. Why not learn what our legal professionals can do to help you? Call your future lawyers now at (213) 596-9642.