We receive many calls and emails from people who are in shock that their criminal charge showed up in a criminal check. They are surprised because in many cases the charge was withdrawn, stayed, dismissed, peace bond, absolute or conditionally discharged, yet it still showed up when the criminal check was done.
If you have been fingerprinted for a criminal charge (i.e. assault, fraud, theft, etc.), it can still be seen if a criminal check is done for employment purposes.
Here is an email we recently received from a distressed person:
“I had a peace bond for assult in 2009. I was recently declined for a job due to this showing, can i apply to have that pardoned”
If you were fingerprinted but the charges were later dismissed, withdrawn, peace bond, stayed, absolute or conditional discharged, you should apply for a file destruction to remove your prints, photos, court and police records.
You may also be flagged at the US border as indicated in the email below:
“Back in 1992 I received a conditional discharge for 2 counts of theft under $1000. I have been traveling back and forth to the US 8-10 times per year forever. This last time, November 2013, I was told that this has now shown up. I need to travel for work. I need this fixed and fast.”
If there was a full conviction then you would need a Pardon or Record Suspension to get the criminal record removed.
Here is a recent email from a person who’s criminal record is getting in the way of better employment:
“Around 20 years ago, i was convicted of, possession for the purpose of trafficking, 186 grams of marijuana. This has been haunting me for some time and the main reason I’ve been doing jobs that i despise for all of my adult life. It was a felony conviction that I dearly would like to have stricken from my record or hidden from potential employers in the future to avoid being stuck in a job that makes me want to commit suicide! Is this possible?”
This person could have had their criminal record removed many years ago and would have been a lot happier had they done something about it.
If you have any questions regarding this topic or about Pardons, Record Suspensions and US Entry Waivers email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-877-929-6011 or 416-929-6011.