The mere allegation of possession or distribution of child pornography can leave a permanent mark on your reputation and can devastate your family and work life. With successive amendments to the laws over the past decade and the focus on “getting tougher with crime”, most offences involving child pornography and luring carry minimum sentences of 90-180 days in jail, if the Crown proceeds summarily, and far longer if the Crown proceeds by indictment. And these are simply the starting points for jail sentences which only go up from there.
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding them, these charges can have devastating consequences.
How Child Pornography and Other Computer Offences Relating to Children Can Affect Your LifeRegardless of the circumstances surrounding them, these charges can have devastating consequences. Depending on the severity of the accusation, consequences will ALWAYS include jail upon conviction as well as:
- Registration as a sex offender: If you are convicted of a sex offence anywhere in Canada, you must register as a sex offender. You would be considered a sex offender for at least 10 years, during which time you may be subject to government restrictions.
- Criminal Record: A conviction may affect your ability to find work, run for community office, or even find housing. In fact, even if you are pardoned and your record is sealed, the conviction will still be present in some databases, such as the United States' international databases.
- Foreign Travel: Such offences can inhibit your admissibility to foreign countries.