What Does the Term “Withdrawn” Mean In Court?

For anyone that’s watched a lot of courtroom dramas or reality television in which court proceedings are covered, there has been a lot of terminology that is filtered down to the public. Words like “objection” and “overruled” are so familiar now that they are no longer even considered specialised legal language, and most people understand…

Pardons Canada Review – How to Get a US Entry Waiver I-194

www.pardons.org Each day we receive calls and emails from Canadians who have been denied entry to the US due to an old criminal record. You may have crossed the border a number of times in the past without incident as the Americans do random criminal checks.  However, it takes one time when they do a…

Recommended Changes to the Guidelines for Running for Office

Recently in the Northwest Territories, there has been some controversy and heated discussion about the ethics and legalities of allowing people to run for positions of public office despite having a criminal conviction. This topic has become an important one for NWT residents because of an incident with Member of Legislative Assembly Michael Nadli. Over…

If I’m Denied US Entry, Can I Try Again?

Things have changed a lot in the USA in just a few months. With a new President, sweeping changes have been made to the visa and visitation policies that the Customs & Border Patrol—or CBP—are now empowered to enforce. And while Canada is not on the list of prohibited countries that are automatically banned from…

Pardons Canada Review – Removing a Conditional Discharge

www.pardons.org Many people believe that if they are charged with a criminal offence and it is discharged in court then the criminal record will disappear on its own. They are later dismayed and surprised when the criminal record still shows up for a criminal background check for employment, volunteer, coaching or travel purposes.  Depending on…

Pardons Canada – Can You Travel to USA with a Pardon?

www.pardons.org There is a lot of controversy whether you can travel to the US with a pardon or record suspension. Its true that the Americans don’t recognize pardons, however this only matters if you have already been denied entry to the US and then try to get a pardon.  It won’t matter at that point,…

Traveling To the US with a Criminal Record

Few things are as good for the soul as travel. The ability to go to a new place, a new city or culture can change people for the better, expanding their ideas, creating new friendships, memorable experiences, and maybe even giving people a new favourite food they will enjoy for the rest of their life.…

Pardons Canada Review – Record Suspension Approved in Ontario

www.pardons.org Every day people are getting into trouble with the police across the country.  Once you are fingerprinted then you have an FPS number and your criminal charge can be seen when a criminal background check is conducted. If your criminal charge was later dismissed, withdrawn, stayed or discharged, you should still obtain a file…

Can I Coach Football With A Criminal Record?

Football, while not quite the national obsession that hockey is, is still one of the most popular sports in the country, and can be an important part in the life of any Canadian boy growing up. It teaches important skills like teamwork, helps to socialize children and teenagers, and, for some, can turn into an…

Can A Criminal Record Be Cleared?

While we usually hope for the best in life for ourselves, our family and friends, sometimes mistakes are made. If we’re lucky, these mistakes are relatively minor errors that teach us important life lessons and allow us to move on as better people. But sometimes the mistakes can be more costly and follow us for…