Crimes Against a Vulnerable Adult

October 30, 2020 9:13 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

(a) Any person who commits, or attempts to commit, any of the crimes or offenses set forth in subsection (f) of this section against a person who is a vulnerable adult is guilty of a crime against a vulnerable adult.

(b) A crime against a vulnerable adult shall be punished as follows:

(1) If the underlying offense is an unclassified misdemeanor, or a class B misdemeanor, the crime against a vulnerable adult shall be a class A misdemeanor;

(2) If the underlying offense is a class A misdemeanor, the crime against a vulnerable adult shall be a class G felony;

(3) If the underlying offense is a class D, E, F, or G felony, the crime against a vulnerable adult shall be 1 class higher than the underlying offense.

(c) ”Vulnerable adult” means a person 18 years of age or older who, by reason of isolation, sickness, debilitation, mental illness or physical, mental or cognitive disability, is easily susceptible to abuse, neglect, mistreatment, intimidation, manipulation, coercion or exploitation. Without limitation, the term “vulnerable adult” includes any adult for whom a guardian or the person or property has been appointed.

(d) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, it is no defense to an offense or sentencing provision set forth in this section that the accused did not know that the victim was a vulnerable adult or that the accused reasonably believed the person was not a vulnerable adult unless the statute defining the underlying offense, or a related statute, expressly provides that knowledge that the victim is a vulnerable adult is a defense.

(e) No person shall be sentenced for both an underlying offense and a crime against a vulnerable adult. No person shall be sentenced for a violation of subsection (a) of this section if the underlying offense, as charged against the accused, has an element that the victim was 62 years of age or older or was an “adult who is impaired” as defined in § 3902 of Title 31.

(f) The following shall be underlying offenses for the purposes of this section:

Title 11:

§ 601              Offensive touching

§ 602(a)              Menacing

§ 602(b)              Aggravated Menacing

§ 603              Reckless endangering in the second degree

§ 604              Reckless endangering in the first degree

§ 605              Abuse of a pregnant female in the second degree

§ 606              Abuse of a pregnant female in the first degree

§ 611              Assault in the third degree

§ 612              Assault in the second degree

§ 621              Terroristic threatening

§ 622              Hoax device

§ 625              Unlawfully administering drugs

§ 626              Unlawfully administering controlled substance or counterfeit substance or narcotic drugs

§ 645              Promoting suicide

§ 763              Sexual harassment

§ 764              Indecent exposure in the second degree

§ 766              Incest

§ 767              Unlawful sexual contact in the third degree

§ 769              Unlawful sexual contact in the first degree

§ 770              Rape in the fourth degree

§ 774              Sexual extortion

§ 780              Female genital mutilation

§ 781              Unlawful imprisonment in the second degree

§ 782              Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree

§ 783              Kidnapping in the second degree

§ 791              Acts constituting coercion

§ 811              Criminal mischief

§ 825              Burglary in the second degree

§ 831              Robbery in the second degree

§ 835              Carjacking in the second degree

§ 841              Theft, except paragraph (c)(3)b.

§ 841A              Theft of a motor vehicle

§ 842              Theft; lost or mislaid property

§ 843              Theft; false pretense

§ 844              Theft; false promise

§ 846              Extortion

§ 848              Misapplication of property

§ 853              Unauthorized use of a vehicle

§ 854              Identity theft

§ 861              Forgery

§ 903              Unlawful use of payment card

§ 909              Securing execution of documents by deception

§ 914              Use of consumer identification information

§ 916              Home improvement fraud

§ 917              New home construction fraud, except paragraph (d)(3)

§ 1001              Bigamy

§ 1311              Harassment

§ 1312              Stalking, except paragraphs (d)(1) and (d)(2)

§ 1335              Violation of privacy

§ 1339              Adulteration

§ 1451              Theft of a firearm

Title 6:

§ 73-604               Securities fraud.

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