State Enacts Bill to Broaden Criminal Classifications of Elder Abuse and Neglect

Alabama has enacted the Protecting Alabama’s Elders Act applauded by the attorney general as a bill that will strengthens legal protections from financial exploitation and physical or emotional abuse for all people aged 60 and older.  The Attorney General’s Office was actively involved in crafting the legislation.

The proposed legislation does not change the penalties that can be issued by Adult Protective Services. Instead, it adds new sections to the state criminal code, providing broader law enforcement responses to elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The law allows elder abuse and neglect to be prosecuted as first-degree, second-degree, or third-degree abuse or neglect, depending on the type and severity of harm to the victim. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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