Visitor: I am just wondering. I have a criminal record that is really bothering me. My brother lives in Florida and I’m too “scared” to try and cross the border to see him just inc ase I get flagged in their system or worse getting denied entry to the US.
My last charge was I believe 2011 for theft under $5000. However. being dependant on opioids and the court knowing my charges wouldn’t happen if I wasn’t. I was accepted into the ‘London Drug Treatment Court’ and fully completed it without jail time. It took approximately 2.5 years to finish because it was new and I used marijuana and they just didn’t know how to handle my case because I fully cooperated with everything.
I was handed more probation than a couple people that didn’t even finish the program and was eventually granted early dismissal from probation as well. I do have indictable charges but it was all waived into treatment court. I am just wondering. Is there ANY WAY of receiving a record suspension based on the old news as my charges were before 2012. Or do they base it on when I finished my probation? Or maybe has there been any rules that have changed back. Or anything that would go in my favour?
It’s been over 5 years since I completed my probation and approximately 7 years since I completed the program. I’m hoping that maybe The Trudeau government changed The Bill C-10 or whatever it is that the Harper government voted for. Or SOMETHING that can help me get my life back on track. The 10 year wait is crazy and makes people give up. I am really tempted to try and drive across the border but it’s nerve wrecking. I want to do things right. But another 5 years is so far away and anything can happen in that time.
Pardons Canada: If you live in Ontario or BC then you may be eligible under the old rules if your criminal offence was before March 2012. Its best to speak live to understand your specific case but if it was a theft under $5000 then it is considered a summary offence and you have to be out of trouble for 5 years from the end of your punishment to be eligible for a pardon or record suspension.