Child Pornography & Internet Luring

The stigma associated with child pornography and child luring charges can be far-reaching and long lasting. Laws in this area are very strict and, in most types of offences, involve mandatory prison sentences. Because of this, it is important to have dedicated and knowledgeable representation before the Calgary, Alberta courts.

Common Child Pornography or Sexual Assault Charges

We are equipped to deal with allegations that include:

  • Child Luring. This is communication with a person under the age of 18 with the purpose of engaging in a sexual relationship.
  • Accessing child pornography. This refers to viewing or engaging with website content that contains images or video of individuals under 18 in sexual or compromising positions.
  • Possessing child pornography. If there are images or video of child pornography on your computer or if data shows you have downloaded this material, you could be charged under laws regarding possession.

Who Is at Risk for These Charges?

Electronic data accessed or shared online leave a trail. Local and national police continue to upgrade ways to detect those who have created, disseminated or accessed child pornography. Even if you have not accessed child pornography, you could still be at risk. The signs of access may be on a computer, which can result in your home being searched and your computer, phone and other electronic devices seized.

The Impact of Child Pornography Convictions

Recent changes to the Criminal Code mean that there are mandatory prison sentences for those convicted of a range of offences involving a minor. Because of this, even minor allegations can result in prison time.

In many cases, those convicted of charges involving criminal behavior with minors can result in being placed on a National Sex Offender Information Registry under the Sexual Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA). This will result in being permanently labeled in the system. Your name, date of birth, address and offences will be publicly searchable in an online database. Judges do not have discretion when it comes to these registrations; since 2011, those convicted of certain offences must be registered.

What Should You Do If You Are Investigated for Crimes Involving a Minor?

Quality legal representation from the start can make all the difference in the success of your defence. Make sure you have a lawyer present whenever you are speaking to police. Follow your lawyer's instructions when it comes to communication and behaviour.

Many people who have not committed a crime feel that they can straighten out their situation by explaining themselves to the authorities. This can be a dangerous impulse, as you may inadvertently provide evidence that will later be used against you.

The lawyers at Dunn and Associates have a strong understanding of the legal system and the experience to guide you through the criminal process. We can advise and defend you at every step of the way to ensure that you get fair treatment before the law. If you or someone you love have been charged with a crime related to child luring or child pornography, do not delay. Get in touch right away to get the representation you deserve.