Is Breaking And Entering A Felony In Canada?

A "felony" is a classification of crime in the United States. In Canada, there are three classifications of crime:

  • Summary Conviction Offences (the least serious offences, for example
  • Indictable Offences (more serious crimes)
  • Hybrid Offences (means the Crown can choose how it wants to proceed, either by summary conviction or indictment, depending on the particularly facts and circumstances of the case)

If the premise in question is a "dwelling house" , then the offence is a straight indictable offence. If not, it is a hybrid offence, and the Crown can proceed by summary conviction or indictment.


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