Exploitation is defined as the illegal and improper use of a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual, or of the resources of a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual for monetary or personal benefit, profit, or gain. A child is defined as a person fourteen years of age or younger.  An elderly individual is defined as a person 65 years of age or older.  A disabled individual is defined as a person with: (a) autism spectrum disorder; (b) a developmental disability; (c) an intellectual disability; (d) a severe emotional disturbance; or (e) a traumatic brain injury.

A person commits the offense of exploitation if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes the exploitation of a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual. Exploitation of a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual is a third degree felony, and is punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for no less than two years, and no more than ten years.  In addition, it is punishable with a fine not to exceed $10,000.00 dollars.

Exploitation of a child, elderly individual, or disabled person conduct is a very serious charge.  You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you, and to ensure that your rights are protected.  The Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC will fight to ensure that your rights are protected during this trying time.  We will use our years of experience and knowledge to make sure that the police followed all legal procedures when preparing and filing the charges against you.  We will investigate fully the allegations made against you.  If working together and examining the evidence, you determine that it is in your best interest to have a jury hear your case, we will defend you aggressively and make sure that the jury hears your side of the story.  If we determine together that it is in your best interest to accept a plea offer from the district attorney, we will work hard to ensure that you receive the best deal possible.  Victory in a criminal defense case can mean many different things, and the Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC are committed to pursuing the best course of action for your situation.  If you find yourself being charged with exploitation of a child, elderly individual, or disabled person, please call the criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC at 817-841-9906.

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