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Third Degree Vulnerable Adult Abuse
3rd Degree Vulnerable Adult Abuse in Michigan is a misdemeanor (high-court misdemeanor), punishable by up to two years in prison, a $2,500.00, or both. MCL 750.145n(3).
What is Third Degree Vulnerable Adult Abuse?
A caregiver of a vulnerable adult is guilty of this crime where the caregiver intentionally causes physical harm to a vulnerable adult.
A caregiver is someone who directly cares for or has physical custody of a vulnerable adult.
Who is a Vulnerable Adult?
A vulnerable adult is
An individual age 18 or over who because of age, developmental disability, mental illness or physical handicap requires supervision or personal care or lacks the personal and social skills required to live independently, or
A person 18 years of age or older who is placed in an adult foster care family home or an adult foster care small group home, or
A person not less than 18 years of age who is suspected of being or believed to be abused, neglected, or being exploited.
What Does Physical Harm Mean?
Physical harm is any injury to a vulnerable adult’s physical condition.
Matter of Degrees
This article discusses third degree vulnerable adult abuse. There are four different vulnerable adult crimes, varying in seriousness of act and punishment by degrees. These include
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