If you are convicted of an STD crime in the state of California, you face a variety of penalties. Individual sentences for any crime will differ depending on factors such as the circumstances surrounding the case and your personal criminal history, but the following penalties are commonly given in STD crime cases.
Incarceration. You face a significant jail or prison sentence whenever you are convicted of an STD crime in California. For example, if you are convicted of attempting to infect someone with HIV, a felony offense, you face 3 to 8 years in a state prison. On the other hand, if you willfully expose yourself to the public while knowing that you are infected with a sexually transmitted disease, a misdemeanor, you face up to a year in jail.
Fines. A criminal conviction in California can also lead to a substantial fine. Misdemeanor fines can be as much as $1,000, while felony fines can exceed this amount.
Probation. A criminal conviction for any STD crime in California could also lead to a probation sentence that typically lasts 1 to 5 years, but possibly longer. If you are placed on probation, you will be expected to comply with numerous probation conditions. These conditions will require you to perform certain actions, such as regularly reporting to a probation officer and paying all your fines and court costs. You will also have to refrain from committing more crimes, as well as perform other duties as required by the court and your probation officer.