Abuse of one’s spouse or partner is not the only form of domestic abuse. Domestic violence charges can also be brought against someone who abuses their children or other members of the household, such as a parent. Domestic violence against a member of the household who is more than 65 years old is called elder abuse. Like other domestic violence charges, elder abuse may either be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the nature of the crime.
Elder abuse and domestic violence are always serious charges. If you have been accused of elder abuse, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced San Jose domestic abuse defense attorney. Contact the [firm-name] at [phone-number] to discuss your case.
What The State Must Prove
As in any criminal case, the burden of proof for elder abuse rests on the prosecution. You are innocent until proven guilty. In order to win an elder abuse case against you, the prosecution will have to prove the following:
- You acted in a way that purposefully or negligently subjected an elder to mental anguish or physical pain, or that you allowed another person to do so.
- You acted in ways that may have led to serious injury or death of the elderly person.
- You knew that the victim was an elderly person (over age 65).
If you have been charged with elder abuse, do not hesitate to contact a dedicated criminal defense attorney.
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