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A Charge of Elder Abuse Can Refer to Many Types of Abuse

When most people think of elder abuse, they think of physical violence. That is one sort of elder abuse, but it is by no means the only one. If you've been accused of elder abuse, proving that you didn't physically harm somebody isn't enough; the allegations might be tied to something altogether else. Continue reading to learn more, and then call Law Office of Michael L. Fell for a free legal consultation at (949) 585-9055.

Physical abuse

While most people are aware of this sort of elder abuse, it is critical to understand what it entails. It might include physical suffering, incapacity, or bodily harm to an older. Confinement, incorrect medication administration, shaking, and the use of shackles are all examples of this.

If you are convicted of physically abusing an older, you might face serious consequences. However, just because an older is hurt does not entail that they were hurt by someone else. After example, the elderly are more vulnerable to falls or mild physical contact.

Financial abuse

Financial abuse of an elder, sometimes known as undue influence, requires the prosecution to show that the accused deceived, misled, or otherwise compelled the older, and that this coercion resulted in the accused losing money or property.

Attorney misuse and fiduciary or power of attorney are additional possibilities. A person who is the trustee of an elder's estate and commits financial wrongdoing, for example, will be prosecuted with elder abuse. They might face both criminal and civil prosecution in such event.

Emotional and verbal abuse

This sort of abuse entails using mockery, humiliation, or intimidation to gain control over the older. It's just another means of using a weaker individual in order to exert control over them. This can include blaming or making the older a scapegoat. Nonverbal psychological abuse might include threatening, isolating, ignoring, or scaring the elderly person.


Neglect, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of the other sorts of abuse outlined here. It occurs when the person in charge of caring for an elderly person fails to do so. Neglect is a factor in more than half of all occurrences of elder abuse. The prosecutor may also discover ways to charge active neglect, such as refusing to give an elderly person their medication.

It's now or never to contact a criminal defense lawyer

It's time to consult a criminal defense attorney if you've been accused of or charged with a felony involving elder abuse. When you contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell, we can provide you with a candid appraisal of your case so that you are aware of your alternatives. The sooner you call us, the better your chances are, so dial (949) 585-9055 right now.