Icji 1293 exploitation of a vulnerable adult felony instruction no

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In order for the defendant to be guilty of Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult, the state must prove each of the following:

1. On or about [date]

2. in the state of Idaho

3. the defendant [name]

4. exploited [name of victim]

5. who was at that time a vulnerable adult, and

6. the monetary damage from the exploitation exceeded on thousand dollars ($1,000).
If any of the above has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, you must find the defendant not guilty. If each of the above has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, then you must find the defendant guilty.
“Vulnerable adult” means a person 18 years of age or older who is unable to protect himself or herself from abuse, neglect or exploitation due to physical or mental impairment which affects the person’s judgment or behavior to the extent he or she lacks sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate or implement decisions regarding his or her person [,funds, property or resources].
“Exploit” means an action which may include, but is not limited to, the unjust or improper use of a vulnerable adult's financial power of attorney, funds, property or resources by another person for profit or advantage.
[A person shall not be considered to be abused or neglected for the sole reason that the person is relying upon treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone in accordance with the tenets and practices of a recognized church or religious denomination; nor shall the provisions of this section be construed to require any medical care or treatment in contravention of the stated or implied objection of such a person.]

I.C. § 18–1505.
The phrase “funds, property or resources” in the definition of “vulnerable adult” should be used only in those cases where the offense is alleged to have occurred on or after July 1, 2009.
The last paragraph of this instruction should be given only where there is at least some evidence to support a defense under I.C. § 18-1505(5).

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