Elder Abuse - Dismissal
A woman was charged with abusing an elderly person for leaving the senior in her garage overnight in cold weather. Upon further investigation, the attorney learned that the senior had a long criminal record, which included fraud, forgery, and similar crimes of dishonesty. Despite no criminal record, the state was unwilling to offer anything that would keep a conviction off the defendant's record. After months of aggressive representation, the state eventually dismissed the charges, recognizing that the defendant did not meet the requirements of the law to be charged with the crime, and the victim's allegations did not match the evidence.