As the population of the United States ages, more and more families are placing their elderly relatives in nursing homes, retirement homes, and other care facilities. With this change has come a rise in reports of elder and handicapped abuse and neglect. These are criminal charges with serious consequences.
The Law Office of David Paul White defends clients charged with the abuse and neglect of elderly and handicapped individuals. Contact my Salt Lake City law firm to discuss your case with me, a lawyer with over 25 years of experience in criminal defense. Call 801-266-4114.
Examples of Salt Lake City Elderly Abuse and Neglect
I defend people facing charges for the following:
- Physical abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Malnutrition / deprivation of food
- Deprivation of fluids
Elder abuse charges can be brought if the victim is age 65 or older. Handicapped abuse involves a victim age 18 or older who suffers from a mental or physical disability, and is unable to provide for his or her own personal safety.
Anyone convicted of elderly or handicapped abuse or neglect faces serious penalties. These crimes can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Penalties vary depending on the specific circumstances. However, most often it is classified as a third degree felony, which can result in up to five years in prison.
If the abuse or neglect is aggravated, penalties increase. Aggravated abuse or neglect charges arise if the defendant used a weapon while committing the offense or if cruelty was a motive. The charge can also become aggravated depending on the relationship between the aggressor and the victim.
Call Now for a Free Consultation
If you have been charged with elder or handicapped abuse, neglect, or assault, contact me, criminal defense attorney David Paul White to learn about your options. If you are facing any of these charges, it is vital to seek top notch representation and legal counsel as soon as possible. With over 25 years of experience in criminal defense, I have helped numerous clients facing criminal charges throughout Salt Lake City. Call 801-266-4114 to schedule a free consultation.