Elder abuse has been rising in Southern California during the last decade. The Kraut Law Group handles cases in which a person is being investigated or charged with elder abuse. The failing economy has only added fuel to the fire resulting in prosecution agencies throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties establishing special prosecution units to aggressively convict those accused of elder abuse. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for elder abuse in Southern California, you should immediately contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Michael Kraut of the Kraut Law Group. Mr. Kraut is a Harvard educated former prosecutor who is an aggressive elder abuse defense attorney. Time is not on your side; the prosecutor may seize your assets and will file serious criminal charges against anyone they suspect of committing this crime. The penalties for elder abuse depend on whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor. In either case, the court will impose significant jail or prison time, fines, and restitution to the victim.
Elder abuse may occur in many different ways. Abuse can be physical, mental, or financial. Often times well meaning family members or friends of an elderly person will be accused of abuse without significant justification. Relatives who have volunteered for years to help an aged person, care-givers either at the person's home or a board and care facility, children of an elderly parent, and neighbors who look after a widowed or house bound person are just a few of the examples of people who are commonly charged with a Los Angeles elder abuse crime. In many cases these people are wrongfully charged, but because of the poor memory of the purported victim, the police and prosecutors assume that there has been abuse and will try to convict anyone they believe has abused an elderly person.
While physical abuse is the most common form of the crime, the following are examples of other types of elder abuse:
- Sexual abuse of an elderly person
- Emotional abuse in the form of yelling, threatening, harassing or belittling
- Neglect by failing to provide basic needs that the person is responsible for providing to the elderly person
- Financial abuse often occurs when a person has access to financial documents or bank accounts and uses the money for personal gain
In Southern California, elder abuse is often reported by family or friends of the elderly person who may feel that they are being excluded from money or gifts, including inheritance, in order to gain an upper hand.
If you are being accused of a Los Angeles elder fraud may result in a criminal record. It is important to be represented by California elder abuse defense attorney. If you are being falsely accused of any form of elder abuse is extremely serious, and requires the representation of an experienced California elder abuse defense attorney. There are many defenses to this crime. If you have been arrested for a Los Angeles elder abuse crime, or are being investigated for a Southern California elder abuse charge, it is important that you seek the services of a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience with these types of cases in the Los Angeles or Southern California area. Call Los Angeles elder abuse defense attorney Michael Kraut. Mr. Kraut understands the serious nature of this offense, how best to defend you, and how to resolve your case without you going to jail. Mr. Kraut has extensive knowledge of the law and the legal system. He has developed excellent relationships with law enforcement and law officials throughout Los Angeles and Southern California.
For more information about elder abuse and to schedule your free consultation, contact Michael Kraut at the Kraut Law Group. Mr. Kraut can be reached 24/7 at 888-334-6344 or 323-464-6453.