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Is it A Crime to be a Fortune Teller?

Being paid to fraudulently tell fortunes is a criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. The maximum sentence for this offence is a $5,000 fine or 6 months in jail or both a $5,000 fine and 6 months in jail. There is no minimum sentence for this offence. Section 365(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada deals with the issue of fortune telling and states, 365. – Every one who fraudulently (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction. In order to be found guilty of fortune telling, the Crown Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person undertook to tell fortunes for payment and did so under false pretences (with intent to deceive).

22 Sep 2014

Domestic Assault in the Greater Toronto Area

12 Sep 2014

I have been practicing criminal law in the Greater Toronto community (Brampton, Newmarket) for over 30 years. The crime of domestic assault is not new, but recently the infamous Ray…

Is it a Crime to Avoid Jury Duty?

11 Sep 2014

Avoiding Jury Duty- The Luka Magnotta Murder Trial As a defence lawyer, I occasionally receive a frantic phone call from a person who has received a summons for jury duty.…

Is it a Crime to Drive Without Car Insurance?

10 Sep 2014

It is an offence under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act of Ontario to drive in Ontario without car insurance, however it is not a criminal offence (an offence contained in…

Is it a Crime not to Report a Crime?

19 Aug 2014

It is not a criminal offence in Canada not to report a crime. The Criminal Code of Canada does not contain the offence of not reporting a crime. Even if…

Is it a Crime to Counsel Someone to Commit a...

13 Aug 2014

An individual may be liable for those offences which he/she does not commit as a principle offender but in which he/she plays a part in committing. When an individual becomes…

Is It A Crime To Practice Witchcraft?

5 Aug 2014

It is a crime to practice witchcraft in Canada with the intent to deceive another by pretending to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration.…