It is important to know your rights when you are charged with a criminal offence. Our lawyers are here to help. At CIR Law Inc. we take a personalized and dedicated approach to representation. Our lawyers take on the following criminal cases:
The term record suspension is now used instead of "pardon". You can apply to the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) for a pardon. A record suspension is evidence of the fact that the PBC is satisfied that the applicant is of good conduct and that their criminal conviction should no longer reflect adversely on their character.
No. A record suspension does not erase your criminal record. A record suspension means that your criminal record must be kept separate and apart from other criminal records and that it cannot be disclosed to anyone including police. Also, the fact that you had a criminal record cannot be disclosed.
Yes. You must wait five years for summary convictions and ten years for indictable convictions.
No. Your criminal record is automatically purged from the database after one year for an absolute discharge or three years for a conditional discharge. Note that you must complete all conditions including those in probation orders.
Maybe. Each country has their own laws governing travelling with a criminal record. PBC suggests contacting the authorities in the country you wish to travel to before travelling. For instance, your criminal record may have been entered into the US database before you were granted a record suspension. You may require a US Entry Waiver to enter the United States.
CIR Law Inc.
5536 Sackville St., Suite 700
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 423 - 6900
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