Elder abuse is one of the more heinous crimes a person can be accused of and the state of California is quite zealous when it comes to prosecuting such offenses. Each year, hundreds of reports are filed in Ventura County against nursing home staff members, caregivers and family members. Some of these reports are justified – but a frightening amount of them are inaccurate or, at worst, entirely false.
If you have been accused of elder abuse, or brought up on felony or civil charges, The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann understands the gravity of your situation and we highly suggest contacting us as soon as possible. Our criminal defense team has years of trial experience that we will bring to bear in your defense. Ventura defense attorney Daniel E. Kann and his team are dedicated to exonerating those caregivers that have been wrongfully accused or railroaded by their superiors. By contacting us today, you are entitled to a free and confidential case evaluation. We will provide a comprehensive overview of your legal options and arm you with the knowledge you'll need to clear your good name.
Common Elder Abuse Issues
Accusations of elder abuse, like every other form of suspected neglect, can take on a myriad of forms. The specifics can range from physical, emotional, mental and even financial. It is very much a case-to-case basis, but there are some of the more common instances:
- Suspected physical abuse due to bruising, scratches, sprains, weakness and dehydration
- Potential emotional neglect or responses to physical abuse, observed in severe depression, jumpy or jittery behavior, anxiety or a hesitation to speak
- Items of value are believed to be missing or stolen
Because suspected elder abuse elicits such powerful emotional responses in the purported victim's family, and the public at large, even a hint of the aforementioned signs could lead to devastating false accusations. These accusations can quickly snowball and even before real evidence can been collected, the accused caregiver has been tried and convicted in the court of popular opinion. Unfortunately, because of this rush to judgment by co-workers, other family members and law enforcement officials, an already complicated situation becomes far too emotionally charged and odds of finding out the truth become increasingly slim.
What Should I Do?
First and foremost, if at all possible, you should immediately retain any evidence that can prove your innocence. Time sheets indicating your location on the day in question, medical logs, items given to you by the victim, photographic evidence and recordings – anything that may be of value to your defense. This kind of documentation may be hard to come by depending on your situation – but if it is available, collect it and keep it safe.
Second, you should contact The Law Office of Daniel E. Kann as soon as possible. Our thorough and experienced criminal defense team can provide the kind of representation you'll need to ensure your defense is air-tight. An elder abuse charge carries with it not only stiff penalties, but can also quickly tarnish your professional and personal reputation. Call us today for a free case evaluation and consultation at (805) 290-4932.