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Individuals accused of sex crimes may face immediate consequences

Most are aware that a criminal conviction can result in serious consequences. In some situations however, even the charge can have an impact. For example, depending on what the charge is and what one does for a living, his or her occupation could be impacted. A secondary school teacher from Ontario is currently in this situation. He was recently arrested and accused of possessing child pornography. Following the arrest the man was removed from the classroom. Pending the outcome of the case, the man is "assigned to home work."

Convictions for sex crimes are usually accompanied by harsh penalties. Because of this it is important that those accused of the crime take steps to defend themselves. In addition to imprisonment, it is possible that once the person gets out, he or she might have to register with the Ontario Sex Offender Registry. That registration, and all that goes along with it, could result in that person's life being dramatically changed as well.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged illegal activity, the best way to proceed will vary. In many of these cases the use of a computer is involved. In these situations it is likely that an expert in computer forensics will be called in to determine how and when the images were procured.

It is possible that other approaches could be taken as well. Criminal defence lawyers who handle these types of cases are aware of other approaches that might be pursued. Accordingly, working with a criminal defence lawyer is generally the best way to proceed.

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