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Intentionally Causing a Serious Disease

Intentionally causing a serious disease is a very serious offence that will normally result in a period of prison time if found guilty. This is a charge normally heard in the County Court.

To prove this charge, the Prosecution must show that the accused intentionally caused another person to be infected with a serious disease without lawful excuse. It arises occasionally in the context of AIDs cases where one person has infected another person.

Generally, the defence is around the knowledge of the sexual partner of the serious disease or it may be just a denial that the person was the source of infection.

Deciding on whether to plead guilty or not has important implications for you and should be made after proper discussions with a criminal lawyer.

This is legislation that comes from section 19A of the Crimes Act 1958.

 

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Possible Defences

In a case of Intentionally Causing a Serious Disease, the following defences may be applicable to the charge:

Penalties

What penalties can be imposed for a charge of Intentionally Causing a Serious Disease?

  • Adjournment of the Charges on Undertaking (Good Behaviour Bond)
  • Fine
  • Community Corrections Order
  • Suspended Prison Sentence
  • Term of Imprisonment

Legislation

What is the legislation for the charge of Intentionally Causing a Serious Disease?

The legislation for this offence can be found on section 19A of Crimes Act 1958.

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Contact one of our lawyers specialising in cases of Intentionally Causing a Serious Disease, Andrew George.