I just entered my plea, not guilty to DUI and not guilty to possession of methamphetamine. My lawyer indicated I have a very good case for seeking a conditional discharge to possession as I am currently in my final term of my master’s in counselling psychology with a specialization in drug counselling.
The DUI is less certain as there is a mandatory minimum sentence in BC and this will be decided in court, the date of which is not until for November. Also, I was fingerprinted and photographed by police for identification purposes for these charges.
In the event, I am A) found not guilty of DUI and receive a conditional discharge on possession and wait the 3 years for this conditional discharge record to be removed, what will prospective employers be able to see if they conduct a criminal records check? and a vulnerable records check of me? and what would I have to do to remove these records so that a prospective employer is not able to see them?
B) what would be the answer to the same questions, but for a guilty verdict on DUI and the same conditional discharge on possession. And finally, what would be the answer to these questions if I received a guilty verdict/conviction on both the DUI and possession charges?
Pardons Canada: If you are found not guilty of the DUI and receive a conditional discharge for the drug offence then after 3 years we can remove the prints of the drug charge and the DUI after which an employer cannot see anything. A vulnerable sector check is its own database and your offence can still show up if you require that type of check for your work.
If you are found guilty of either the DUI or drug offence then you will have to be out of trouble for five years from the end of your punishment and then you can apply for a pardon or record suspension. Once the pardon is granted your criminal record will be removed from the public database and you will be safe for employment.