There are hundreds of cases each day across the country were a domestic issue arises and the police are called to the scene. As soon as the police are called, criminal charges for assault are usually given. This often comes as a shock to the people who have called the police in a moment of distress.
In many cases, the person who called the police did not really intend to lay criminal charges and would like to drop the charges, however once fingerprinted the person is now in the criminal record system. If it is a first offence, usually the judge will order a peace bond between the two parties.
However, since the person has now been fingerprinted, if a criminal check is done, an employer or the Americans can see that he/she has been in trouble with the police.
In order to be safe to travel and for employment, the person requires a file destruction to remove the fingerprints, photos, court and police information from the system.
Here is an email from a person we have helped to obtain a file destruction for an assault charge that was completed in a peace bond:
“Almost a yr ago I was charged with assault in a domestic case. I thought I was being honest with officers when they came to the house and they asked if I slapped my fiance and pulled at his clothes and I said yes (of course he didnt admit to what he did to me).”
“They charged me with assault and it was a hard lesson learned that’s for sure! The charges were dismissed and there is a peace bond between us (i am still living in the home and we have completely recovered from that unfortunate incident where we let our emotions really get the better of us).”
“The peace bond is up in a few months. Since then I have completed a court ordered anger management course (as part of the charges being dismissed) and i’ve returned to school. Ive been waiting years to go back and finish my grade 12 (I was a stay at home mom for the last 10yrs) and was just recently accepted to college for a practical nursing course.”
“One of the conditions of my college course is a police check. probably a vulnerable sector check. I had already been caring for 5 children in my home as well as my aging father who is living with a debilitating brain disease, but unfortunately this incident a yr ago may ruin my chances at finally getting an education and a career in a field I have always sought after.”
“Is it true that I can have my record stricken? I dont want this to haunt me forever now and ruin my chances at a better life. One I already had my mind set on long before the domestic charge. What happened that one night is definitely not a reflection of who i am as a person!”
“Any advice or guidance in this matter that you could offer would be so greatly appreciated! “