San Diego Elder Abuse Lawyer
Elder Abuse Charges in San Diego
In the State of California, seniors over the age of 65 are considered particularly vulnerable members of society. In San Diego, elder abuse charges may be filed against any person suspected of subjecting a person over age 65 to harmful conditions. This encompasses a broad array of potential abuses ranging from elderly neglect to murder. Many elderly persons require assistance accessing food, medication, hygiene facilities and much more. Such vulnerabilities place them in a position of enhanced dependence on relatives or caregivers for aid. Sometimes those trusted individuals are accused of taking advantage of those they are supposed to protect. That is not to say those accusations are warranted or will withstand in court.
In many cases of elder abuse, the elderly may be unaware of, or unable to access, means of assistance when suffering at the hands of their caretaker. As a result, healthcare and government workers are obligated to report signs of elder abuse. Too often, charges are based on poor perception and investigations are launched based on speculation and not fact. Elder abuse charges may be complicated when the senior’s finances are at issue. Convictions for elder abuse may lead to loss of inheritance, imprisonment, and other criminal penalties. If you have been accused of elder abuse in San Diego County call the Law Office of David P. Shapiro right away to learn how you can regain control of your future.
We found ourselves in a tough situation with our child facing a strike felony with a sentence of up to 7 years. I made several calls to find an attorney we were comfortable with but had not made a decision due to not really knowing what was to come and how fast the initial court date was scheduled from the time of arrest. We went to the first court date with a public defender and later received a call from Mr. Shapiro’s office to ask how things had gone (I had mentioned our court date the first time I called their office). When I received that call, I had plenty of questions that were answered without rush. We ended up scheduling a time to meet to discuss the case. We found out that Juvenile cases highly differ from adult cases when it comes to how they are handled, decision making, trial etc. We always felt comfortable, he worked with us on legal fees and was always very responsive whether it be emails or phone calls. We never felt brushed off. Our child was released, placed on probation and given the opportunity to have the record sealed after successful completion. We really feel that Mr. Shapiro truly cares about his clients and I would highly recommend him to anyone facing legal issues.