The police have taken my fingerprints 2 times to my knowledge and I have never been found guilty of any crime.
I am 35 years old. 4 years ago, I was charged with assault, but the charge was withdrawn upon report of my broken ankle and a witness who watched the person slam my foot in a car door made a statement to police. It did get to the point where I hired a lawyer and then they withdrew the charge (this happened in Haylakes, Alberta and the rcmp detachment is based in Camrose/Wetaskiwin.)
About 6 months after my that, my ex and I were walking to his home from the bar in an alley and we were arrested for public intoxication, open alcohol, break and enter, possession of break and enter tools, resisting arrest, and mischief. This happened in Camrose, Alberta. This was taken to court where the open alcohol and public intoxication charges were dropped but the others we had to fight in court. I was found not guilty of all charges (except open alcohol and public intoxication) and the judge deemed my arrest a false arrest. I did not go after the police officer who broke my leg, he was not sued or taken to court as I knew it was not intentional. My fingerprints were taken in Camrose.
While having all of those charges previously mentioned, I was placed on conditions for a year. In that time, my ex and I were driving in Saskatchewan. We were stopped in the country by an RCMP officer for breaching conditions. My ex was on conditions. It was his vehicle. We were driving to his family home to visit for Christmas. The RCMP officer had run my ex’s plate when I went inside to use a bathroom. My ex had purchased 2 cans of beer and wasn’t supposed to because of his conditions. The RCMP officer pulled us over, charged me with obstruction of justice, possession of marijuana, breaching conditions, etc. My fingerprints were taken in a small town in Saskatchewan. I missed my first court date by one day and had a warrant out for my arrest for less than 24 hours as I called the Crown and spoke to the Crown the next day. I explained that I had said my name to the police officer but that as passenger of the vehicle, I didn’t have to say anymore than that, so charging me with obstruction of justice was a false charge, and the possession and breach charges were false as well as it was not my vehicle. The Crown agreed with me and stayed the charge as long as I didn’t get into trouble again and I was asked to make a $1,000.00 donation to a school.
I have never been convicted of a criminal offense. My university background and career include police and investigation studies and legal assistant courses. I have worked as a private investigator, in loss prevention, and most definitely did not do these things. When I get a basic criminal record check nothing shows, but if I get a vulnerable sector check, it’s a mess. This has cost me jobs, volunteer opportunities and as I am currently a legal assistant considering applying to become a commissioner of oaths (wondering if I can become one through my office).
In 35 years of my life, those are the only times I’ve been in trouble. It seems like if you’ve had one encounter with the police you are a walking target for a while. I am also reaching out because my older sister, niece, nephews, and brother in law live in Tampa Bay Florida and I’d like to visit them, but I don’t know if I’ll get a hard time trying to enter the united states. Because I am not guilty of these charges and have been found not guilty, is there a way to completely clear my vulnerable record, and/or make sure that I have no non-conviction record. I feel like it’s so easy to charge someone with little to no evidence and after I’ve fought the charges, got the not guilty verdicts, charges were withdrawn, stayed etc I would be okay, but this is affecting my life like I was guilty. What can I do? This is not repeat behavior nor does it even make sense that someone would all of a sudden go on an indictable crime spree out of nowhere in their 30’s.
Pardons Canada: Even though you have never been convicted, you have been fingerprinted numerous times and the charges were stayed, withdrawn and discharged. You can apply for a file destruction to remove all of the prints so that in the future you will be safe for work and travel.