Elder abuse is a term that rubs a lot of people the wrong way; instances of these types of offenses being committed at nursing homes have been on the rise, and the accusers involved are often very old individuals with little ability to fully understand the world around them.
These types of offenses often result in maximum penalties due to their especially offensive nature, but for those who face false accusations of elder abuse, the stigma of just being involved can be very damaging.
There are a lot of situations in which someone who has done nothing wrong becomes charged with committing offenses against a senior.
More often than not, these unfortunate situations arise from seniors suffering from varying forms of degenerative disorders affecting their perception.
These can be especially difficult to prove, often requiring the services of a skilled legal professional to mount a credible defense.
Speak With An Attorney You Trust
No matter what type of elder abuse charges you are facing, speaking with a skilled attorney that you trust is one of the best things that you can do to help your case.
This is because elder abuse defense is a particularly challenging field, and the advice you get from friends and family simply will not apply in most situations.
By speaking with an elder abuse defense lawyer, you can learn more about potential flaws in the prosecution’s case against you, often times through a free confidential evaluation.
Be As Understanding As Possible
A jury is unlikely to believe that a seemingly nice old lady would falsely identify you as an abuser, but you know better. In these situations, it is often better to tread lightly and uphold as much dignity for your accuser as you can, despite the predicament he or she has put you in.
Regardless, speaking to authorities about the situation before speaking to a legal professional could land you in hot water. What you say to authorities could possibly be used against you later in court.
Showing signs of disdain or telling authorities that he or she is crazy may be more damaging than helpful
Work Hard To Have the Charges Dropped
If you are not guilty, there may be multiple opportunities to have the charges against you dropped. An experienced lawyer will be able to help identify the most important evidence that will help exonerate you.
If your prosecutor determines that the facts are not strong enough to secure a conviction, they may choose not to pursue further action against you.
If there is proof that your accuser has made false accusations in the past, or they have a history of mental illness, prosecutors may want to negotiate a plea deal. If the authorities who gathered evidence for your case did not handle it properly, there may also be an opportunity to have it deemed inadmissible.
Those falsely accused are invited to contact us at the Law Offices of Randy Collins for a free confidential evaluation. Call (888) 250-2865 to reach a skilled California domestic violence defense attorney with a history of success.