Sexual Assault

Definition of Sex Crimes

There are numerous offences under the Criminal Code that have a sexual aspect. These include:

  • Sexual assault;
  • Sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching;
  • Sexual exploitation of a minor or a person with a disability;
  • Incest and bestiality;
  • Voyeurism;
  • Child pornography;
  • Internet luring; and
  • Indecent acts.

For more information regarding sexual offences that involve the internet, please see our section on Internet Crimes.

Age of Consent

This is an area of the law that has undergone sweeping changes in the past 10 years. The age of consent has been raised to 16 years. The definition of “consent” has been narrowly redefined.

Sex Offender’s Registry

The consequences on conviction for any of these offences can be very severe. Most sexual offences under the Criminal Code have mandatory minimum jail sentences, and for the more serious offences, lengthy terms in the penitentiary (in excess of two years) are common. In addition, on conviction, a judge may require the person to register with the sex offender’s registry and provide a DNA sample to be entered into the Federal DNA databank. In certain cases, registration as a sex offender can be imposed for life.

If you are charged with a sex crime, you need an experienced lawyer to defend you. Call Bottos Law Group at 780-421-7001. We will fight for you and we get results.

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