As the internet and its uses continues to grow, so do the number of offences that can be committed while online.
The following are some of those offences under the Criminal Code of Canada:
- Fraud – s. 380
- Identity Fraud – s. 403 of the Criminal Code
- Defamatory libel – s. 300 of the Criminal Code
- Extortion by libel – s. 302 of the Criminal Code
- Public Incitement or Wilful Promotion of Hatred – s. 319(1), (2) of the Criminal Code
- Harassment – s. 264 of the Criminal Code
- Child Pornography, Making and/or Distributing – s. 163.1(2), (3) of the Criminal Code
- Child Pornography, Possession, Accessing – s. 163.1(4), (4.1) of the Criminal Code
- Child Luring – s. 172.1 of the Criminal Code
- Personation – s. 403 of the Criminal Code
The internet, and technology, are one of those things that some people are very adept at using, and others are not.
Sometimes this inexperience or lack of knowledge about the internet and various websites can lead people to commit offences that they do not realize they are committing. For example, a person may be watching child pornography – which is a serious crime in and of itself – but that person may not realize that in doing so, they are also making that video available to others on the internet, and now they are also potentially involved in distributing child pornography – a more serious offence.
The prosecution and defence of internet crimes requires a knowledge of technology and how it intersects with the law. If you, or someone you know, has been charged with an internet crime, call us now to book your free consultation. Understanding your rights and what you should do next is key to securing your defence.