Pardons Canada – Fee for Pardon and Record Suspension Under Review

www.pardons.org In order to obtain a pardon or record suspension one must pay the Receiver General $631 to approve the application.  This fee used to be $50 then $150 for decades until the Harper Government changed the pardons laws in 2012.  In addition to longer wait times for eligibility for a pardon, the Conservatives changed…

Pardons Canada Review – How to Remove a Criminal Record in Ontario

www.pardons.org Many people are uncertain even where to begin to remove a criminal record and the procedure that goes along with it. It really depends on the outcome in court to understand when your eligibility date is for a pardon or record suspension or file destruction.  If you were charged but not convicted, then you…

Can I Get the Police to Destroy My Fingerprint Records?

If you are ever arrested and charged with a crime, at some point, one of the experiences you will have as a standard part of the arrest procedure is that your fingerprints will be taken. This is a matter of archiving and criminal record, and in the event that you are actually convicted of a…

What Does the Term “Withdrawn” Mean In Court?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,…