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Is it a Crime to Charge for Psychic Services?

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 have been missing may be found. 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. This offence is covered by section 365 of the Criminal Code of Canada that sates, 365. – Every one who fraudulently (c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction. In order to be found guilty of this offence, the Crown Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable…

28 Sep 2014

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…

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…