Elder Abuse

Penal Code Section 368

Elder abuse is the crime in which one willfully or negligently imposes unjustifiable physical pain and/or mental suffering on a person who is 65 or older. (Pen. Code, §368.). Physical abuse is the most common form of this crime, but other examples include: sexual abuse, emotional abuse (i.e. yelling, threatening, or harassing), neglect by failing to provide basic needs that the person is responsible for providing to the elderly person, or financial abuse when a person has access to financial documents or bank accounts and uses the money for personal gain.

This is another offense that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Those convicted of felony elder abuse may face two to four years in prison and/or a fine up to $6000. If the victim suffers great bodily injury, then the prison sentence may increase by an additional five to seven years.

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