Consequences of a Sexual Crime Conviction
Sex crime convictions in Calgary are extremely serious and can result in a court imposing harsh penalties. In addition to potential jail time and fines, you will also likely have to register as a sex offender in Canada.
This can wreak potential havoc on every aspect of your life, including both your personal life and your work life. At Bourdon Defence, we understand the seriousness associated with sex crime charges and convictions. Our knowledgeable Calgary team of lawyers can help you minimize the consequences of a sex crime conviction, enabling you to move on with your life.
Sex Crimes in Calgary
Calgary sex crimes come in a variety of forms, including the following offences:
- Gang rape
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual exploitation
- Sexual abuse
If you ultimately receive a conviction of a sexual crime in Calgary, a judge could order you to pay a large monetary fine, serve time in jail or a period of criminal probation, and/or refer you to the National Sex Offender Information Registry. This is a lifetime registry, and you will be required to report to a registration centre—usually every 11 months. You can find the reporting dates in the National Defence Act.
Collateral Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction
In addition to the fines, jail time, probation, and other legal penalties associated with a Calgary sex crime conviction, you will also suffer disruption to your personal life. A Calgary sex crime conviction can have a serious impact on the following:
- Immigration status - If you are a lawful permanent resident of Canada or you are in the country on a work visa, the government could revoke your immigration status and could even deport you.
- Job status - If you are a convicted sex offender, you could lose your professional licence and/or your employment could be terminated.
- Residential status - If you are a registered sex offender, you will likely have difficulty finding a place to rent, as your sex offender status will show up during a criminal background check.
- Student status - If you are a college student and receive a sex crime conviction, you could lose your financial aid and scholarships. Your school could also impose additional penalties, including suspension or expulsion, if the incident occurred on school grounds.
Contact a Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer About Your Sex Crime Charge Today
If you are charged with a Calgary sex crime—or were already convicted—there is not a moment to lose in seeking experienced legal representation. The skilled team of Calgary lawyers at Bourdon Defence will do everything possible to minimize the consequences of your charge or conviction. Depending upon the specific charge, that might include requesting a charge reduction or a term of supervised or unsupervised probation, as opposed to serving jail time. When you choose the legal team at Bourdon Defence to represent you, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a Calgary criminal defence lawyer, please call us today at (403) 474-4143, or contact us online.