Assemblyman Jay Webber sponsors legislation that was approved today by the Law and Public Safety Committee. The bill would protect senior and disabled citizens from being targeted by criminals by making it easier to prosecute suspects for preying on the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of their victims, and increases the penalties for convictions.
“Our society’s most trusting and helpless people are too often crime victims at the hands of opportunistic criminals who seek an easy payday,” said Webber (R—Morris). “This bill beefs up protections for our most vulnerable with stronger laws, more appropriate criminal charges, and increased penalties.’”
The bill establishes a gradation of criminal offenses, ranging from a disorderly persons offense to a crime of the second degree, for acts committed against a person 60 years of age or older, a disabled adult, or a person who is unable to care for himself because of mental disease or defect.