Elder abuse refers to a series of criminal offenses that revolve around mistreating an elderly person. Typically, these charges are applied to situations in which the elderly person was willfully harmed physically, sexually, or mentally. The term can also be applied to situations in which the elderly person was confined unreasonably and against their wishes, or to situations in which they were denied essential services.
An elder is defined as a person who is 65 or older. At times, these same charges can also be applied to anyone who mistreats a disabled person. Elder abuse charges are listed below.
Neglect is the charge that is applied when the guardian or person responsible for the welfare of the victim refuses to provide something essential. This could include shelter, food, or health care.
In order to obtain a conviction, the legal system must prove that it was willful neglect and not simply a mistake. A conviction can result in 20 years in prison and a massive fine of up to $50,000.
This charge can be applied to a wide variety of situations in which the elderly or disabled person is:
The penalties are similar to the penalties for Neglect: up to 20 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.
This charge can apply to any situation in which a person verbally or physically intimidates a disabled or elderly person. It can also be applied to threats of violence or harm.
This charge can result in 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Obstruction refers to willfully interfering with an investigation. This can lead to similar charges as Intimidation: 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
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