Defense of Charges of Domestic Violence Against Elders and Dependent Adults from a Qualified Attorney

Los Angeles lawyer plans your strong defense

California courts treat the crime of domestic violence against elders or dependent adults as an especially callous act. So if you were charged with abusing a senior citizen, you could face severe penalties. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi in Los Angeles, we have extensive experience handling all types of domestic violence cases. We are prepared to help you develop a strong defense that aims to reduce or eliminate the charges against you.

Who can be charged with domestic violence against elders and dependent adults?

You may be charged with domestic violence against elders and dependent adults if you are arrested for allegedly abusing a senior citizen or dependent adult who is your spouse, significant other, parent, grandparent or roommate.

One of the crimes the prosecution may charge you with is battery. Under the California Penal Code, battery is the intentional use of physical force or violence against another. If the attack does not lead to serious bodily injury, the prosecution may charge you with a misdemeanor — an offense punishable by one year in the county jail. If, however, the attack results in serious injury to the elder or dependent adult, you may face felony charges and four years in state prison.

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What constitutes domestic violence against elders and dependent adults?

In California, domestic abuse is intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury, or placing another person in reasonable fear of imminent serious bodily injury. You may be arrested for domestic violence in L.A. if you place an elderly or dependent adult in a situation in which he or she is likely to suffer harm.

Examples of abuse against dependent adults and elders include:

  • Physical abuse
  • Neglect
  • Financial abuse
  • Abandonment
  • Isolation
  • Abduction (taking the person out of the state against his or her will)
  • Other behavior that causes physical harm, mental suffering or any other type of pain

Abuse can be deprivation by a caregiver of things or services that the elder or dependent adult needs in order to avoid physical harm or mental suffering.

Let a well-established defense firm protect your future

The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi is dedicated to fighting for your rights. You can arrange an initial consultation by calling us at (310) 448-1529 or by contacting us online. Our office is in the Westside Towers in West Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and Westwood. We have flexible office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.