SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, INTERNET LURING AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENCES

Sophisticated, Detailed Defence for Sexual Assault Cases Involving Minors

The moment you believe you are going to be investigated for a sex crime involving a minor, it is important that you seek out an experienced and determined defence lawyer. You want to have someone by your side who will keep you informed of your case at all times and advocate fully on your behalf.

What sets Neuberger & Partners LLP apart from other law firms is the detailed, thorough and creative manner in which we develop a defence, particularly in cases involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation, Internet luring and invitation to sexual touching. We often utilize various types of experts and investigators in the defence to ensure we are protecting your rights at all times and building an effective response to the allegations. We understand the devastating effects a conviction for such a crime could have on your freedom and your future. We will do everything we can to help you avoid a conviction.

Sexual Exploitation Charges

Sexual exploitation charges involve allegations of sexual acts with a youth under the age of 18. The alleged aggressor in these cases must have been in a position of trust or authority over the youth. If you have been charged with sexual exploitation, reach out to us. One of our lawyers will sit down with you, discuss the details of your case carefully and investigate all potential defences available in your situation.

A common defence in these cases is mistake of the youth’s age. If you believe you took all reasonable steps to ascertain the minor’s actual age and believed the minor to be an adult, then your defence may withstand the court’s scrutiny. We have extensive experience in this area, and we will help you evaluate all aspects of this defence and prepare you fully for trial.

Internet Luring in Ontario

Internet luring cases usually involve adults soliciting sexual acts or favours from minors in Internet chat rooms. If you ask the person’s age, and he or she says 13 or 14, but you believed the person was actually older, you will have no defence. The Criminal Code specifically provides that if the minor stated his or her age as 13 or 14, the accused is deemed to have knowledge of the age. This is why careful scrutiny and investigation of all of the available and potential evidence is important to defend you.

Most often, the evidence gathered to support charges of Internet luring will involve chat dialogues and other records obtained from a computer. We will hire forensic computer experts, Internet providers and other experts to help identify, retrieve and analyze all relevant evidence.

In a recent luring case, our hired computer experts found additional Internet chats that did not exist in the prosecution’s case. These chats were instrumental to our cross-examinations and eventually for winning the case. Learn about more of our recent case successes* in cases involving sexual assault.

Child Pornography Defence

Child pornography charges are serious and have extreme consequences. If you have been charged with the production, possession or distribution of child pornography, it is important that you seek an experienced and dedicated criminal defence law firm to help protect your rights and interests.

Sexual Interference and Invitation to Sexual Touching

Sexual interference involves touching a part of the body of a child under the age of 16. Similarly, invitation to sexual touching is a crime that involves asking, compelling or inciting a child under the age of 16 to touch another child younger than 16 years old. These charges are serious, and require the assistance of a skilled and experienced defence lawyer who can thoroughly investigate the charges and build a strong defence.

Speak With an Experienced and Skilled Defence Lawyer

If you are under investigation for or have been charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, Internet luring or invitation to sexual touching, you need a lawyer who will be dedicated to pursuing all potential avenues in your defence. Call our office at 416-364-3111, or contact our Toronto law firm online today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

Located in Toronto, our firm represents individuals in Etobicoke, Mississauga, Newmarket and throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.

CONTACT INFORMATION

1392 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON M6C 2E4
Fax (416) 364-3271

COVID-19 UPDATE

On behalf of Neuberger & Partners LLP posted in COVID-19 on Tuesday March 17, 2020.

At Neuberger and Partners, we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have implemented safety measures to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. Our priority is and always will be the health, well-being and safety of our staff, clients and colleagues.

We have put in place various measures to prevent and minimize the impact of COVID-19:

  • In addition to standard hand-washing habits, our staff are washing hands before and after every client interaction;
  • All individuals entering our office will be required to use our hand sanitizer to ensure the safety of our other clients and staff;
  • Regular disinfecting of our offices, public areas, meeting rooms and board rooms as well as increasing the frequency of disinfection of higher-traffic surface areas;
  • If a lawyer or client who has a scheduled meeting is feeling unwell, they will be strongly encouraged to stay home;
  • For the time being, we will avoid greeting clients and colleagues with our usual handshakes;
  • We will make every effort to ensure our firm will be stocked up with extra tissue and alcohol-based hand sanitizer; and
  • We will monitor and stay informed from the Government of Canada and World Health Organization for facts as they become available. We will ensure all staff and team members are educated on symptoms and are well informed on prevention and best practices.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Will the firm still run if there are closures?

  • We are committed to assisting our clients. We remain open to assist our clients at this time (following aforementioned standards for health and safety). For clients who wish to communicate with our firm virtually, we have the technology for virtual meetings and are able to respond to the needs of our clients in a manner best to protect our staff and clients’ health.

Are staff and lawyers set up to work virtually?

  • All lawyers and staff are set up to work virtually and continue to assist clients and one another remotely. All lawyers are available via telephone, email and virtual video conferencing.

What is the court situation? How will we deal with court closures?

  • At this time, the Superior Court of Justice is closed from March 17, 2020 to June 1, 2020 – unless a judge orders otherwise.
    If you have a March matter, your matter will be postponed to June 2, 2020.
    April matters will be postponed to June 3, 2020 and May matters will be pushed to June 4, 2020.
  • Similarly, the Ontario Court of Justice will be closed for 10 weeks for all out of custody matters in criminal practice court. In custody matters will still be addressed. It is unclear if out of custody matters such as trials or preliminary hearings will continue since the courts have left this decision to the discretion of the judges. However, Bail courts will remain open for the time being.
  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario has suspended all scheduled appeals until April 3, 2020. But we are still able to file materials and apply for urgent appeals to be heard.
  • We will advise clients by email of their next Court date.

How can payments be made?

  • Payments can be made via e-transfer and visa payments can be made over the phone.

If I have to deliver something to my lawyer, how shall I go about it?

  • For clients who wish to drop off documents but do not wish to come in contact with any one at the firm, you are encouraged to drop them off in our mail slot in front of our office.

We will be open and available for any questions, comments or concerns. Please call (416) 364-3111 for any further information.

Stay safe and healthy,

Joseph Neuberger