Once you have been convicted of a crime, the criminal record will stay forever until a pardon or record suspension is granted. This is particularly an issue if you require a criminal background check for work as it will show up and you will not be able to obtain employment. Also, the Americans can do a criminal background check and then deny you entry to the US.
We help people across Canada to remove criminal records either by way of a pardon, record suspension or file destruction. A file destruction is required if you have a non-conviction, in other words if the charge was diversion, dismissed, peace bond, stayed, withdrawn, conditional or absolute discharged. In the following case, the person from Ottawa had a sexual assault charge that was dismissed. Regardless that she was found not guilty, the fingerprints still show up when a criminal background check is done which prevented her from getting employment.
Once the file destruction was completed, it removed the prints, photos, police and RCMP records so that she would be safe in the future when a criminal check is done.
Here is a thank you letter from the person from Ottawa that we helped obtain a file destruction for a sexual assault charge that was withdrawn: