Sexual Interference Lawyer Toronto

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Toronto Sexual Interference Lawyer

Sexual interference is a criminal offence that targets sexual crimes against minors. Allegations of child molestation and other assaults will typically result in sexual interference charges being laid against the accused. In Toronto, and throughout Ontario, it is not uncommon for the police to lay both charges of sexual assault and sexual interference when a child or minor has made an allegation of sexual impropriety. 

All Canadians are entitled to equal treatment under the law. This is also true for those accused of sexual assault and other related crimes. Nonetheless, in today’s climate, many individuals are inclined to believe a claim of sexual assault before a full inquiry has been conducted. Before a trial has even begun, you can be judged and pronounced guilty in the court of public opinion. 

At Karapancev Law, we believe it is the Crown’s job to establish that an offence happened beyond a reasonable doubt. If they cannot do that, you are entitled to be found not guilty. We work hard to ensure that our client’s interests are well-represented.

Sexual Interference

The intentional touching of a minor under the age of 16 for a sexual purpose is characterized as sexual interference. While this crime is related to sexual assault, it is only considered sexual interference when the complainant is under the age of 16.

Unlike sexual assault, which only requires that the contact be of a “sexual nature,” sexual interference requires that the touching be for a “sexual purpose.” Touching for a sexual purpose necessitates that the accused intended for a sexual interaction of any type to occur and made contact with the body of a person under the age of 16. This contact includes touching any part of the accused’s body or object if it occurs with the specific intent of sexual interaction. Touching of a sexual nature for the purpose of the offence of sexual assault does not necessitate a sexual purpose on the part of the accused. Accordingly, in cases involving a charge of sexual interference, the Crown Prosecutor will have a harder time proving the offence since they must demonstrate that the defendant had the specific intent to touch for a sexual purpose rather than only touching.

The age of consent in Canada

In Canada, the legal age of consent is 16. If a person is 12 or 13, however, they can legally consent to sexual behaviour with someone who is less than two years their senior as long as that person:

  • Is not in a position of authority or trust over them;
  • Is not in a dependent relationship with them;

If an individual is 14 or 15, they are able to lawfully consent to sexual relations with someone who is less than 5 years their senior, so long as that individual: 

  • Is not in a position of authority or trust over them;
  • Is not in a dependent relationship with them;
 

Defending Sexual Interference Charges

When accused of sexual interference or other sexual offences, the prospect of a positive outcome can seem bleak. It is in situations like this that having an experienced lawyer by your side is essential. We have successfully defended many sexual interference charges in Toronto, Brampton, and throughout Ontario. 

Our defence strategy is based on a comprehensive analysis of your case’s circumstances. We examine your charges and the evidence that has been gathered against you. We will hold the Crown accountable for their burden of proof and explore all options for putting for a successful defence. In circumstances where you are likely to be convicted, we will look into ways to secure the lowest possible sentence.

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