The criminal offence known as Luring involves particularly utilizing text messaging, e-mail or social media such as Facebook, Twitter and/or chat rooms to draw a person under eighteen years old into a dangerous situation typically of exploitation and harm.
Age is often the crucial element, as the legal description of the offence stipulates that the accused believes the victim being lured to be under the age of 18. The evidence can be highly complex, but the consequences can be highly severe: depending upon the sum of circumstances, incarceration can range from 18 months to 10 years.
Keep in mind, you are innocent until proven guilty and the Crown must prove every charge’s ever element beyond reasonable doubt.
Your freedom is at stake. Consult with Mandeep Saggi at Saggi Law Firm today at no charge, so that we can protect and help you understand your rights as we prepare a defence against these substantial, complicated charges.
Luring relevant sections of the criminal code
s. 172.1(1) Every person commits an offence who, by means of a computer system within the meaning of subsection 342.1(2), communicates with:
- A person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of eighteen years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence under subsection 153(1), section 155 or s.163.1, subsection 212(1) or (4) or section 271, 272 or 273 with respect to that person;
- Person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 16 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence under sections 151 or 152, subsection 160(3) or 173(2) or section 280 with respect to that person; or
- A person who is, or who the accused believes is under the age of 14 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence under section 281 with respect to that person.
s. 172.1(2) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of
- An indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than ten years and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of one year; or
- An offence punishable on summary convictions and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding eighteen months and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of 90 days.