File Destruction Services in Calgary
People are often surprised when they find out that the record from a criminal charge for which they were acquitted or that was withdrawn or dismissed has appeared on a criminal record search with some very negative repercussions.
When a person is fingerprinted at the time they are charged with a criminal offence, a record is created that includes their fingerprint and details about the charge. Most people assume that such a record automatically gets deleted or destroyed if the charge does not result in a conviction. In fact, that is not the case. The charge, along with police and court records, remains on file unless the individual takes specific action.
Applying For a File Destruction
A request to have your file destroyed can be submitted five months after acquittal or after the charges have been dropped. The request is sent to the RCMP and the local police service where the charges were originally made.
Individuals who were convicted of the offence or of any other criminal offence in Calgary are not eligible to receive a File Destruction and will need to seek a Record Suspension.