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New law strengthens penalties for elder abuse

Source: MGN Online Source: MGN Online

A new law is now cracking down on criminals who target seniors, whether by physical and emotional abuse or financial exploitation. Those crimes can now be classified as felonies. This will be a topic among law enforcement at the Madison County DHR in Huntsville Thursday.

The District Attorney and a member of the Securities & Exchange Commission will be there to talk about the "Protecting Alabama's Elders Act," which passed in the most recent legislative session. It will impose harsher penalties for criminals involved in elder abuse.

New additions to the criminal code would now apply to abuse victims who are 60 years of age or older.

Abuse cases involving physical harm could range from a misdemeanor to a Class-A felony, which could carry a ten year sentence.

Financial exploitation penalties can now be classified as a Class-B felony, which carries a prison term of up to twenty years in Alabama.

If you know a senior citizen who is being abused, you can contact your local DHR office or call the Adult Abuse Hotline at 1-800-458-7214.

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