In Canada, there are four separate offences related to child pornography:
- Possession child pornography
- Accessing child pornography
- Distribution and sale of (making available) child pornography
- Making child pornography
The consequences of a conviction for one of these crimes are severe, and include mandatory minimum jail sentences (at least one year), and being required to register provincially and federally as a sex offender (for at least 10 years). You’ll also have to provide a DNA sample to an international database of high risk offenders. Then there are the social, travel and employment consequences – almost every part of your life could be affected.
With so much at stake, it’s critical that you work with a skilled lawyer with experience in defending child pornography charges. Ian Hutchison will examine every aspect of your case to prepare the strongest defence possible. Technologically, these types of cases are highly complex, and require thorough scrutiny.
Were you aware you were in possession of child pornography? Was the search conducted lawfully? Did someone else have access to your computer? Is is possible you were set up to appear guilty by someone? These are just some of the questions that Ian and his team will investigate with the goal of having the charges dropped, or obtaining a “not guilty” verdict at trial.