If you have been charged with any sexual crime, you should retain a criminal defence lawyer immediately, there are significant possible consequences to being convicted of sexual offences, including being placed on the sexual offender’s registry.
All people found guilty of certain sexual crimes in Canada since 2004 have been required to register with the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR), per The Sexual Offender Information Registry Act. The NSOR is primarily a police tool, it is maintained federally. The NSOR is only accessible to policing agencies and not to the general public unlike in some American states. The NSOR is intended to assist police in time sensitive investigations and protect the public.
What Crimes Must be put on the National Sex Offender Registry
Most sexual crimes require convicted offenders to report to the NSOR, including:
- sexual assault
- sexual assault with a weapon
- aggravated sexual assault
- sexual interference
- invitation to sexual touching
- sexual exploitation
- child pornography (making, possession and/or distribution)
- indecent exposure
- certain other offences where it can be proven that the offence was committed with the intent to commit a sexual offence
As the above list demonstrates, most sexual offences will result in the requirement to register information with the NSOR.
What Information Does the Registry Keep
Offenders must give their information to the NSOR within 7 days of their being added. They must re-register annually and report any changes of information (i.e.: name or address changes) when they happen.
The following information is kept by the NSOR:
- full, legal name
- date of birth
- address where offenders currently reside
- a current photograph
- a list of identifying markers (i.e.:scars, tattoos, etc.)
- vehicle information (make, model, year)
- type of employment and employer’s address
- list of sexual offences that the offender has been convicted of
- provincial driver’s license information
- passport information
The data can be accessed quickly by police departments and will be used to verify information for vulnerable sector, criminal record checks.
Being convicted of any crime can affect your ability to travel, find employment or apply for immigration status. Sexual crimes especially, can harm your chances of finding certain types of employment, especially those involving work with vulnerable persons. If you or a family member has been charged with any crime, the best way to avoid a conviction is to hire a criminal defence lawyer to fight for your rights. Mehdi Au LLP has criminal defence lawyers on staff who can help you with your case. We accept Legal Aid Certificates.
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