CALCRIM No. 853B. Evidence of Charged Abuse of Elder or Dependent Person
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853B.Evidence of Charged Abuse of Elder or Dependent Person
The People presented evidence that the defendant committed the
crime[s] of <insert description of offense[s]> charged in
Count[s] <insert count[s] of elder or dependent person abuse
charged in this case>.
If the People have proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant
committed one or more of these crimes, you may, but are not required
to, conclude from that evidence that the defendant was disposed or
inclined to commit abuse of (elders/ [or] dependent persons), and based
on that decision, also conclude that the defendant was likely to commit
[and did commit] the other (elder/ [or] dependent person) abuse
offense[s] charged in this case.
If you find that the defendant committed one or more of these crimes,
that conclusion is only one factor to consider along with all the other
evidence. It is not sufficient by itself to prove that the defendant is guilty
of another crime. The People must still prove (the/each) (charge/ [and]
allegation) beyond a reasonable doubt.
New March 2017
The court must give this instruction on request if the People rely on charged
offenses as evidence of predisposition to commit similar crimes charged in the same
case. (Evid. Code § 355.)
CALCRIM No. 1191A, Evidence of Uncharged Sex Offense.
CALCRIM No. 1191B, Evidence of Charged Sex Offense.
CALCRIM No. 852A, Evidence of Domestic Violence.
CALCRIM No. 852B, Evidence of Domestic Violence.
CALCRIM No. 853A, Evidence of Elder or Dependent Person Abuse.
• Charged Offenses Proved Beyond a Reasonable Doubt May Be Evidence of
Propensity. People v. Cruz (2016) 2 Cal.App.5th 1178, 1186-1186 [206
Cal.Rptr.3d 835]; People v. Villatoro (2012) 54 Cal.4th 1152, 1161 [144
Cal.Rptr.3d 401, 281 P.3d 390].
1 Witkin, California Evidence (5th ed. 2012) Circumstantial Evidence, §§ 101, 102.
4 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 83,
Evidence, § 83.12 (Matthew Bender).
6 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 142, Crimes
Against the Person, § 142.13 (Matthew Bender).
854-859. Reserved for Future Use
CALCRIM No. 853B ASSAULTIVE AND BATTERY CRIMES