Bill to Crack Down on Elder Abuse Becomes Law

(May 19) – A bill by Rep. Jessie Danielson to add protection against elder abuse was signed in to law by Gov. John Hickenlooper this morning at Wheat Ridge City Hall. HB16-1027 allows a prosecuting attorney to automatically video record the deposition of victims of elder abuse in order to preserve a victim’s testimony in case they would not be able to testify at the time of trial.
“This is one step we can take to ensure successful prosecutions of elder abuse crimes,” said Rep. Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge. “By making it easier to preserve the testimony of these victims, we will help victims seek justice and hopefully deter this kind of abuse.”
Because victims of elder abuse may not be well enough or live long enough to testify at trial, their testimony may never be heard. The new law allows prosecutors to request recorded testimony and streamlines the process to do so, giving an extra tool to successfully crack down on elder abuse.

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