Internet Crimes

Penalties for Internet Crimes

Internet crime, also known as “Cyber crime”, is a rapidly evolving area of Canadian law that involves offenses committed through the use of computers and, more specifically, the internet. A relatively new field of law that is quickly increasing in scope, internet crimes include: fraud, impersonation, harassment, child pornography and child luring.

Internet crimes can be charged as either summary or indictable offenses, depending on the circumstances and the severity of the internet crime committed.

White-collar internet crimes such as fraud or phishing are typically perpetrated in a business setting and can lead to heavy fines or significant time in prison.

Internet crimes of a sexual or exploitative nature, especially those involving children, are viewed as very serious offenses. These convictions carry minimum jail time, mandatory rehabilitation and registration in the Sexual Offender’s Information Registry (SOIRA). For example: the only available sentence for accessing, possessing, making or distributing child pornography is a minimum jail sentence, with the number of years being dependent on the number of times you have been convicted as well as the nature of the offense you are convicted of.

Do I have a defense?

The internet is a difficult sphere to police. This relatively new area of law is convoluted by the anonymity of the internet and the various interactions that take place on this platform. Even more importantly, the transnational nature of many internet crimes makes an individual’s rights on the internet obscure, at best.

While agencies trained with policing the internet are typically highly trained and specialized in this area, there are a host of problems that can arise in an investigation that weaken the case against you. Search warrants and production orders used to obtain information can be in violation of your Charter rights or ordered by agencies outside of the jurisdiction in which you should be policed.

If you have been charged with an internet crime, you need a lawyer that has experience in this highly complex and rapidly evolving area of legislation. Vishal Sharma will review your case with a critical eye to find any inconsistencies or unlawful actions on the part of those agencies through which you were investigated. You are one phone call away from knowing more about your rights and the possible weaknesses in the case against you.