There has been a lot of press about a recent court ruling that allows police to keep and share criminal records even after they have been dismissed, withdrawn, stayed or acquitted from court.
More than 30 per cent of cases in the country are dropped without any criminal conviction, according to Statistics Canada. In Ontario, it’s closer to 40 per cent that are stayed or withdrawn.
The Court of Appeal ruling means records of these charges and allegations can remain on police databases, and may end up being disclosed in situations where individuals are required to undergo background checks for employment or volunteer work.
Employers and agencies are entitled to “all potentially relevant information,” said the appeal court, in ruling against a 57-year-old Toronto-area social worker who used to operate a group home.
What all of these articles fail to talk about is the fact that the person has the right to request a file destruction that will effectively remove their criminal charges from public record.
At Pardons Canada we help hundreds of people remove criminal charges from police records when the criminal charges have been dismmised, withdrawn, stayed or acquitted. This is called a FILE DESTRUCTION.
You may also view our video on Youtube to see exactly what a withdrawn charge looks like on a criminal reocrd check at minute 1.07 in the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTGz2eWhTpY
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