Computer crimes primarily relate to allegations that an individual has utilized the internet to distribute, access or produce illicit sexual material such as child pornography. Other criminal offences exist for using the internet to “lure” apparently underage individuals to engage in sexual activity, such as exposing themselves on the internet or agreeing to meet strangers for sexual purposes. The penalties for all of these crimes are severe (all examples are where prosecution proceed by way of indictment):
- Making sexually explicit material available to children: min. jail sentence of 6 months to max. of 14 years
- Luring a child: min. jail sentence of 1 year to max. of 14 years
- Accessing or possessing child pornography: min. jail sentence of 1 year to max. of 10 years
- Making or distributing child pornography: min. jail sentence of 1 year to max. of 14 years
Convictions for any of these offences also results in an offender being placed on the federal sex offender registry and other potential restrictions upon a convict upon their eventual release from prison.
Defending an individual against these allegations is difficult, and requires specialized knowledge relating to many facets of computer technology. The criminal lawyers at DDSG have extensive experience fighting these charges, including appealing cases to the Supreme Court of Canada.