Internet Crime / Pornography

Penalties for many internet crimes, for example child pornography, are governed by onerous minimum punishments that are stipulated in the Criminal Code of Canada.

Crimes committed using the “Internet” is a quickly expanding area of law.  These offences include: fraud, impersonation, child pornography, harassment and child luring. 

Local police forces and other law enforcements agencies such as C.S.I.S. (Canadian Security Intelligence Service), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and the C.I.A. (Central Intelligence Agency) frequently patrol the internet and chat rooms where criminal activity is notorious for occurring.  Agencies tasked with policing the internet do so with a highly specialized and trained agents, conducting everything from undercover operation to highly technical analysis of computer data.  Roulston Criminal Defence lawyers have the experience to identify problems in the investigation against you and identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.

In many cases law enforcement has or will obtain search warrants and/or production orders to obtain information from your computer (including identifying subscriber information based on your IP address).  If a warrant or production order has been obtained, we will assess whether these warrants/orders were obtained in violation of your Charter rights.   

Penalties for many internet crimes, such as child pornography are governed by onerous minimum punishments, which are outlined in the Criminal Code.   If you are convicted of accessing child pornography, possessing it, or making and/or distributing this material, the Criminal Code mandates that the only sentence available is a jail sentence.  The length of these jail sentences varies depending on the offence you have been convicted of.  

The Criminal Code also stipulates that if you are convicted of a number of sexual offences against children you will have to register with the Sexual Offender’s Information Registry (SOIRA).  The length of this order will depend on the offence you are found guilty of and whether or not you have previous convictions on your Criminal record.