White-collar crimes often bring with them quite serious consequences, and when California residents commit white-collar crimes against adults of a certain age, they may face particularly serious penalties in response to their actions. At the Law Offices of Mark W. Fredrick, we understand the concerns shared by California residents facing charges for white-collar crimes, and we have helped many people in your shoes defend themselves against these charges and protect their best interests.
Per the State of California Department of Justice’s Office of the Attorney General, California Penal Code 368 dictates what the state considers to be crimes against the elderly, and it also outlines the penalties you may face if you commit such a crime. If, for example, authorities charge you with a financial crime against a senior, such as theft or embezzlement, and the charge alleges that you knew full well that this person was an elder, you can expect to face serious repercussions if convicted.
Ultimately, the penalties you may face under these circumstances depend on the value of the property or identifying information you took from the older individual. If the value of that property was more than $950, you may spend up to a year in county jail, and you may, too, have to pay a $1,000 fine. Conversely, you may have to spend two, three or even four years in state prison.
If, however, the value of the property taken was less than $950, the penalties you may face may look a bit different. While a state prison sentence is typically off the table under these circumstances, you may still have to pay up to $1,000 and spend up to a year in county jail. You can find more about white-collar crimes on our webpage.