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Is it a Crime to Injure or Kill a Dog or Cat?

Yes. It is a crime in Canada to injure or kill a cat or dog. It is also a crime to endanger a cat or dog, cause unnecessary suffering to a dog or cat, and to cause damage or injury to a dog or cat while they are being driven or conveyed. Injuring, endangering or causing unnecessary suffering to a dog or cat are serious offences and may be punishable by jail. The Criminal Code of Canada allows for a punishment of up to five years in jail upon conviction of an indictable offence; and a $10,000 fine or 18 months in jail, or both, for conviction of a summary conviction offence. The punishment for causing damage or injury to a dog or cat while they are being driven or conveyed. is a maximum term of two years imprisonment for an indictable offence and six months or a fine of…

1 Oct 2014

Is it a Crime to Charge for Psychic Services?

28 Sep 2014

It is a crime in Canada to fraudulently pretend, from your familiarity of an occult or “crafty science”, to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to…

Is it A Crime to be a Fortune Teller?

22 Sep 2014

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…

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…