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Charged with Sexual Interference

If you or someone you know has been charged with Sexual Interference or any form of sex related offences, they should speak with our Criminal Defence Lawyers.  All is not lost, there are defences available.  We have successfully defended “sexual interference” and other sex related charges numerous times.  Call us for the advice, guidance and assistance you need.  Our  experienced Criminal Defense team can help.

Section 151: Sexual Interference

151. Every person who, for a sexual purpose, touches, directly or indirectly, with a part of the body or with an object, any part of the body of a person under the age of 16 years

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more then 14  years and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of one year; or

(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years less a day and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of 90 days.

The Potential Consequences

 

The potential consequences of being convicted of Sexual Interference can include, but are not limited to:

  • sentence of imprisonment (1 year minimum if Crown elects to proceed by indictment and a 90 day minimum if Crown elects summary conviction); (the minimum sentences have been struck down by the courts and a judge can now impose whatever sentence he/she deems appropriate – this opens up all possibilities on sentence including for example house arrest or simple probation)
  • Prohibition from attending certain public areas, facilities, and certain employment and/or using a computer system for the purpose of communicating with a person under the age of 16;
  • possible restrictions regarding use of the internet or digital networks;
  • Registration and Compliance with SOIRA (Sex Offender Information Registration Act) and the Ontario Sex Registry (Christopher’s Law);
  • probationary term after jail sentence is served.
  • DNA order

 

It is Life Changing

Being charged with sexual interference can be life changing.  The media is unforgiving and must be controlled within the limits of the law.  For example a publication ban at bail hearings is extremely important.  A conviction for this offence carries serious consequences including mandatory minimum jail sentences (*recent case law has held that the minimum mandatory sentence for this charge is unconstitutional see below) and registration on SOIRA (National Sex Offender Information Registry)  and the Ontario Sex Registry (Christopher’s Law).  The impact on your personal life can be distressing with employment, family and various social repercussions. You will need top quality legal assistance to assist you with the process.

We can help you

We have helped many individuals charged with sexual interference, including obtaining the outright withdrawal of the charge, acquittals after trial, or a negotiated reduction to a lesser offence. In some cases, we have successfully avoided charges being laid altogether.  There are a variety of possible solutions . We want you to know your rights, understand your circumstances and your options. You need to be part of the process, fully informed, and together we will present the best tactical legal defence possible.  All is not lost, give us call, we have helped others and we can help you. The first step is to see if we can win.

 

*With the recent developments in the law regarding the unconstitutionality of the minimum sentence, it is now open to present submissions to the Court for a non-custodial disposition.  It should be noted that the Judge depending upon circumstances of the accused and the facts of the case can now impose whatever sanction he/she deems as appropriate.

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