Elder Abuse Lawyer in Austin, Texas
Because of the infrequency of cases concerning elder abuse, most people don’t understand Texas law and what it means when an accusation like this is brought to court. In the past, largely because of our culture’s strong respect for the elderly generation, there was not a prevalence of cases or accusations concerning elder abuse. Now that in the past few decades modern medicine has lengthened the quality and length of life for the elderly, the frequency of elder abuse accusations is on the rise. There are several crimes that fit under the elder abuse umbrella. As your attorney, I can help you understand how and why you have been accused of elder abuse, and also how to move forward
Penalties of Elder Abuse Convictions
Elder abuse in Texas can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on how it was committed. The one question to consider is: To what degree does the charge merit? A Class A misdemeanor charge of elder abuse could be physical abuse that does not cause bodily injury and could be punished with one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Felony charges begin when the abuse causes bodily injury. Third to first degree felony charges of elder abuse could be punished by 2-99 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect is another offense under the elder abuse umbrella that has been on the rise within the past few decades. Typically nursing home neglect or abuse charges stem from these elder abuse crimes:
- Placing the elderly adult in a harmful or deadly situation
- Causing emotional harm
- Effectual fraud with the money belonging to the elderly adult.
There are many defenses against nursing home neglect or abuse such as: being wrongfully arrested, insufficient evidence to prove the crime, and mistaken identity. As your Austin elder abuse defense lawyer I can help you to gain credibility in court and help you fight your case.
Defending Against Elder Abuse Accusations
Unfortunately, too often these accusations arise from the heartache and loss or injury of a loved one. From these feelings, similarly too frequent, are the false allegations that are brought to court. These charges can affect every aspect of your life if you are victim of being falsely accused. Because of the many ways that one can be accused of elder abuse, it is important that I help you in every way I can. Call me today to learn how I can help your case as a Texas elder abuse attorney.