DUI which is also known as Impaired driving and DWI (driving while ability impaired) is among the most common criminal charges in Canada.
Each month we receive hundreds of calls and emails from people who wish to obtain a pardon or record suspension to remove the DUI from their criminal record.
The biggest reason for wanting to remove the criminal record of DUI is to be safe for employment purposes as most employers in Canada conduct criminal record background checks. Also, the Americans can turn you away at the US border if you have a criminal record.
Many people have no idea they can remove the criminal record and therefore carry it with them for many many years as per the example below.
The law to get a pardon or record suspension for a DUI is five years from when you paid the fine. Its important to know that you should pay the fine immediately or as quickly as you can so that the timeline for obtaining the pardon can be as short as possible.
Its ok to start your file earlier with Pardons Canada because we can gather and prepare all of the paperwork as the process can take 12-20 months. The cost to Pardons Canada for obtaining a pardon for a DUI is $575 + HST and you will have to pay the Receiver General $631 to approve the pardon in the end.
Here is an example of a person we recently helped to obtain a pardon for an old DUI conviction:
“I want to thank you for helping me remove the Criminal Record that I have had for over the last thirty five or more years. I have been a School Teacher for twenty five years and have devoted my life to my career. I have put off getting a criminal record check and worrying what my colleagues and other people would think if they knew of my record that happened many years ago.”
“Thanks to your assistance and help, I can now truly put the past behind me and not have that worry always there and in the back of my mind. I always tell my students that mistakes they make do not define their future; that if they really change their lives for the better they can succeed at anything.”
“Now I can really know that is true.”