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Elder Abuse Charges in California


One of the big areas of criminal law, especially in Los Angeles county, is elder abuse.  In fact, the police has their own elder abuse section and they work hand-in-hand with the prosecutors and there are special prosecutors that are typically assigned elder abuse cases, and they’re pretty much the only prosecutor on the case. Contact our California criminal defense lawyers to review your case.

California Penal Code Section 368

So, as you might guess, these cases under California Penal Code Section 368 are taken very seriously because they’re trying to protect those individuals who they perceive cannot protect themselves.  Now, where I see issues coming up in elder abuse cases in Los Angeles is, family members trying to get people in trouble because they think somehow those individuals are taking advantage of elderly people, so they’re trying to get the police involved.  Usually, they have some sort of axe to grind against the person they’re trying to get in trouble, or some financial interest themselves, so that’s why they’re trying to claim there’s elder abuse going on.

Elder abuse can take many different forms.  It can take physical abuse where somebody is physically doing something to an elderly person.  The police come into the home and find the person is injured somehow or has some sort of issues or usually where I see it coming up, is the elderly person goes to the hospital and the doctors and nurses there see signs of abuse.

So, all of a sudden, they’re looking at relatives.  Who are they living with?  Who are they coming in contact with?  And they get the police involved.  They have a duty to report that type of stuff, and now the police are coming in and there’s an elder abuse allegation and now the police re going to investigate it.

You Need An Experienced Defense Lawyer

So, if you’re being eyeballed for an elder abuse case, don’t think you can just talk your way out of it.  They take these cases very seriously.  A lot of time, the police are jaded, cynical, they’ll want a list of what anybody else has to say.  So, you want an attorney on your side — on your team — right away before it’s too late; before you’re in a position where you’ve allegedly said or done something against your own interests in an elder abuse case and now they’re trying to use that evidence against you.

Believe it or not, in criminal defense, when somebody says something to the police that is taken in such a way that they’re admitting to the crime, that’s usually, in my experience, the best evidence against them.  So, don’t put yourself in that position.  Don’t help the police and the prosecutors put you away, give you a criminal record, put you in custody, tarnish your reputation.  Hire an attorney immediately.

Pick up the phone now and call me.  I’ve been doing this for twenty-five years.  I’ve handled hundred of elder abuse-type offenses throughout my many years of practice.  I know how to handle them.  I know how to defend them, and if it’s a situation where there is no defense because they’ve got the evidence, I obviously know how to mitigate them and put you in a position where you can get out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible and preserve your rights, your record, your reputation, you future, your interests and your liberty.

So, we have to get on this right away.  We get you in and start to form a strategic plan right from the initial meeting on how we’re going to handle the case; what we’re going to do; who we’re going to talk to; what type of investigation needs to be done.  This is the way you have to attack an elder abuse case.  This is the way you have to defend it.

Developing a Game Plan for Your Defense

You have to have a meeting of the mind with your attorney so you’re both on the same page; you both know what the plan is going to be; how the plan is going to be executed; what you’re going to do to help defend the case; what the attorney’s going to do.  And then when you leave that meeting moving forward, you’re going to have an idea of what direction your case is headed and you’re going to begin to take control of your life back because with elder abuse charges pending against you, it puts you in a very difficult tenuous position where you’re concerned for your entire future, both physically because you may go to jail and emotionally and mentally because of the toll it can take on a career, on a record and on your life in general.

So, pick up the phone.  Make the call now.  Set up the consultation with me and we will get this thing moving in the right direction.

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