Most people have heard of child abuse, which involves the abuse of an individual who is vulnerable due to their youth, however, most people aren’t as conscious of the abuse that takes place with other vulnerable individuals who aren’t children. The Utah legislature has passed a very long and detailed statues that criminalizes the abuse of vulnerable adults. The statute involves a ton of definitions but the basic idea is captured in the title, Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult. Vulnerable adults are the elderly or anyone over 18 whose is mentally or physically impaired, and assault involves a very large number of things which can even include neglect in some circumstances.
Penalties for Violating Utah’s Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult Statute
There are an number of factors that play into what kind of crime or what level of crime a person has committed in regards to abuse of a vulnerable adult but the big distinction is between aggravated abuse and simple abuse. If there is seriously bodily injury involved then the charge will be aggravated abuse and can be charged as a felony. If there is no serious bodily injury then it will simply be abuse of a vulnerable adult and charged as a misdemeanor. Also included in the abuse of a vulnerable statue is the crime of exploitation of a vulnerable adult which involves the manipulation of a vulnerable adults funds or assets and can range from a class A misdemeanor to a second degree felony depending on the dollar value and the intention of the offender.
Weber County Criminal Defense Attorney | Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult Defense
If you are facing abuse or exploitation of a vulnerable adult charges in Northern Utah, including Weber County then call Ogden Criminal Defense today to help defend your rights. Depending on the circumstances you could be facing up to a second degree felony which could carry a one to fifteen year prison sentence, so you need to make sure you understand what is going on in your case and what the possible outcomes could be before you make any serious decisions. Call or email us today to find out more about your case and how we can help.