Child Pornography Possession – Avoiding Hard Time

The 39-year-old accused pleaded guilty to having possessed 3 images of child pornography.

Defence Action

We carefully worked with our client exploring his background and counselling. At the sentencing hearing, we effectively emphasized the mitigating circumstances which included: his youth, lack of criminal record and openness to rehabilitative counselling. We submitted that he could serve a jail sentence in the community.

Decision

The presiding Supreme Court Justice decided that the joint submission negotiated between Crown and defence was appropriate. Our client was sentenced to 6 months of jail in the community which allowed him to continue living in his home and working at his job. Furthermore, he was given 2 years of probation focused on rehabilitation and taking appropriate counselling.

Regina v N.V.H, [2019] BCSC Salmon Arm Registry: 23932

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