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INTERNET SEX CRIMES

Internet Sex Crimes – Including Child Pornography

With the use of internet becoming widespread, more people can now experience the benefits of having the World Wide Web at their disposal. At the same time, they are vulnerable to falling prey to the many ills luring them online. Among the more serious and increasingly prevalent crimes in recent years are internet sex crimes. They have been on the rise since the internet became commonly used across Canada. The Criminal Code of Canada has special sections dealing with Internet Sex Crimes.

Jail sentences are common for child pornography and other internet sex crime charges.  You need a skilled Edmonton lawyer to defend your case and help you navigate the legal system.

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Types of Internet Sex Crimes

Internet sex crimes encompass a number of different offenses. Prostitution related offenses, advertising prostitution online is, attempting to solicit others for sexual purposes and similar things can be criminal offenses. But probably the most serious, and possibly the most common, of the internet related criminal offenses is child pornography.

Defining Child Pornography

Child pornography has emerged as a serious and surprisingly prevalent problem since the advent of the internet. Fairly detailed definitions as to what constitutes child pornography are contained in the Criminal Code. Generally, they are talking about visual representations that show a person who is, or who is being depicted to be, under the age of 18 years in explicit sexual activity. The code then goes on at length in an effort to solidify and expand the definition (audio recordings and other representations are added in) in sections that follow.

As said, for the purposes of Canadian law in this regard, a person is a “child” if they are under the age of 18 years of age, or if someone is being depicted as being under the age of 18 years. If a photograph, video, audio or certain other depictions shows a person engaged in sexual activity with a child, it constitutes child pornography. The medium doesn’t necessarily have to be video. It can be in the form of photos, written material or other medium. Comic books. As long as it depicts or implies a minor involved in sexual activity, it can be considered child pornography. Certain adult cartoons qualify as child pornography.

Issues with the Law

With the protections regarding “freedom of expression” contained in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms there are obvious clashes that have occurred, and which are going to occur, between what amounts to illegal depictions and what “speech” is protected by the Charter, and what is reasonable in a free and democratic society. Much litigation is to come in the whole jurisprudence surrounding internet crimes and child pornography in particular.

Penalties & Charges

A range of charges and penalties have been outlined for internet sex crimes, specifically for child pornography. For instance, any person who creates material which contains child pornography for the purpose of distribution can be sent to jail for a term “not exceeding 10 years” where the Crown proceeds by indictment. There can also be a minimum sentence under the Code of one year in such circumstances. In less serious situations, f the Crown proceeds summarily the sentence can be imprisonment for a term “not exceeding 18 months” with a minimum sentence of 14 days.

Simply accessing child pornography, on the internet or otherwise, can be a serious criminal offense and can result in sentences of up to 5 years (indictment) years in jail, and a minimum sentence of 45 days in jail; or a term not exceeding 18 months (summary) in jail, and a minimum sentence of 14 days in jail. These rules can change anytime, so talk to a lawyer if it matters to you.

In some cases, the court may register the person’s name as a sex offender as well.  Talk to a lawyer about this.

A conviction for child pornography or any internet sex crime can really work against you. There are even international repercussions. All reasonable efforts should be made to keep a conviction for these charges off of your criminal record. Nobody wants to be branded like that.

Geoff is a lawyer who understands the difficulties that can accompany a conviction for child pornography or any of the internet sex crimes, and he works with his client’s to try and reduce the damage that comes from an already difficult situation. Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty, and you have many legal rights as an accused person. Let Geoff ensure that those rights are respected and that you are treated fairly by the system. You don’t have to go through this alone. Call Geoff today – he can help you.

Geoff Green – Criminal Defence Lawyer For Alberta

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