File Destruction Services St. John’s, Newfoundland

Everyone that lives in St. John’s, or any other part of Canada is going to make a mistake at some point in his or her lives. Most mistakes are small, and, perhaps more importantly, valuable, as they can teach people how to improve themselves so they “get it right the next time.”

But some mistakes are so large in scale that they have much broader, long-term consequences beyond an immediate negative result. A run-in with law enforcement for example that leads to an arrest, and perhaps even a trial, can result in an addition to a person’s permanent record. And that addition can stay there, even if there’s no criminal conviction. In these instances, only a file destruction can clear things up.

It’s On Record

Every Canadian citizen has a permanent record, but for the majority of people, there’s not much on it. It does, however, exist, and any citizen can consult the permanent record of another citizen, provided they have a name they want to look up and are willing to pay a fee for the information retrieval.

The permanent record, it is important to note, completely respects a person’s private life. There is only one thing that a permanent record and background check can access, and that is the presence of criminal convictions or criminal charges. In other words, for most people, their permanent record actually has nothing on it. Not even traffic violations are stored there. But even if you don’t have a criminal conviction, if you were put through the criminal process, that is, being arrested, charged, fingerprinted, and even going to a trial and having the case withdrawn, dismissed, peace bond, diversion, stayed, absolute discharge or conditional discharge, or resolving with a not guilty verdict, that complete process remains on your record. And people that conduct a background check can read all about this.

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Cleaning Up Fragments

Some people may be uncomfortable with the idea that anyone willing to pay the fees can look up a person’s past brushes with the law. In some cases, such information appearing in a background check may even influence a decision maker’s choices for professional opportunities, and there’s nothing illegal about that, even if the court case never resulted in a guilty conviction.

For people who don’t like the idea of these “leftovers” of a mistake remaining in their record, a file destruction will take care of it. Under ordinary circumstances, even if your case was cleared, a police station or other law enforcement agency has no organizational or legal need to delete your record once a case is closed. A file destruction, however, is a legal request to do just that, which, if approved, the law enforcement group involved will comply with.

Get It Done Properly

One good thing about a file destruction is that, compared to the record suspension process, it is far less demanding and time-consuming. Erasing a criminal conviction is a major alteration of existing police and legal information. However, if no conviction is present, and no time is served, it’s a different, faster process. It will, however, still require some cooperation between the RCMP and the local St. John’s police department with which an arrest and fingerprinting took place.

If you’d like to make sure your permanent record goes back to being completely spotless, Pardons Canada is here to help you. We understand the process, the documents, the timelines, and requirements involved. So if you’d like the details of an arrest removed, come to us to ensure that your application goes through smoothly and quickly.