Penal Code 368 PC is the California statue that defines the crime of Elder Abuse. In this statue, a defendant must willfully cause or permit an elderly or dependent adult to suffer, or inflict upon them unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering.
The code states that Elder Abuse can be committed in any of the following ways when directed at anyone who is sixty-five (65) years of age or older:
- physical abuse
- emotional abuse
- neglect and endangerment (willfully causes or permits the elder or dependent adult to be injured or permits the health of the person to be endangered)
- financial exploitation (also known as senior fraud or elder financial abuse)
Elder abuse can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. The penalties for Elder Abuse in California can be severe.
The law office of H. Charles Gorian has experience in fighting charges of elder abuse. We know the California laws that affect your situation and we are prepared to stand in your corner and battle for your legal rights. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
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