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Your family is all packed, Mickey Mouse ears in one hand and plane tickets in the other. The kids have been looking forward to this trip for months and are beaming with excitement. At the airport, luggage gets checked-in, and the next stop is customs. As your passport is scanned, the customs officer looks down at the screen… DENIED.

This may be an all too common reality for those with a past Criminal Record trying to enter the United States without a US Entry Waiver.[…] Read More

The Parole Board of Canada will not consider a Record Suspension application until all fines and victim surcharges have been paid and the waiting period has elapsed. It’s important to note that the waiting period cannot commence until the fines and surcharges have been fully paid. If a person received a fine for a conviction 20 years ago and has not paid the fine yet, then they have not fulfilled their sentence and the eligibility waiting period does not begin until the day after payments have been made.[…] Read More

Marijuana and the Law

On Tuesday July 8, 2014, Washington became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally. Colorado started allowing marijuana sales on January 1st. Both states voted in November 2012 to legalize marijuana for adults over 21, and have created state-licensed systems for growing, selling and taxing sales. Customers started lining up at 8am with 29-year-old Cale Holdsworth, making the first purchase at Top Shelf Cannabis in Bellingham. As customers applauded, he held his brown bag aloft and said, “This is a great moment.” (http://www.heraldonline.com/2014/07/08/6121275/washington-poised-to-start-legal.html?sp=/100/107/#storylink=cpy)

Some Canadians, particularly those in British Columbia who share a common border with Washington State, may wish to cross the border in order to take advantage of this.[…] Read More

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The RCMP estimates there are at least 50,000 marijuana grow-ops in Canada. Not surprisingly, Pardon Services Canada staff are hearing more and more about grow op house-sitters being solicited by the owners of grow ops to oversee the homes that are producing the plants. People may naively accept such offers thinking this is an easy way to make extra cash, having no idea what ramifications could be in store for them.[…] Read More

Arrested but not convicted – What does it mean for your record?

Here are two scenarios which we often hear when clients contact us:

  • Scenario 1: They are applying for a job believing they have never been convicted of any offences. When their record check comes back positive, they are shocked.
  • Scenario 2: They are trying to travel to the United States for some holidays, shopping or a business trip. The border officials say they won’t let them cross because they have a criminal record.

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Celebrating our 25th year as advocates for Canadians with a past criminal record, Pardon Services Canada is offering savings of up to $300.

We help our clients travel with a U.S. Entry Waiver and with peace of mind knowing that their criminal record will not result in being denied entry into the United States and that they are not risking being arrested, deported or having their property confiscated. Since it is also illegal to travel over U.S.[…] Read More

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CBS TV Show: Border Security

The wildly popular ‘Border Security’ series produced by Force Four Entertainment and televised on the NATGEO Wild channel is hard to classify. One thing is for certain – the voyeuristic thrill that people get from viewing a day in the life of a border guard as they attempt to determine which of the thousands of people crossing our borders every day are harmless and which pose a threat.

With an uncanny ability to ferret out the truth, the real CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) border guards, determine who is lying about their plans of travel, who is being deceptive about a previous criminal record, as well as arresting those having illegally entered Canada.[…] Read More

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Kate asks: Can I get a Record Suspension for 2 theft charges from 10 years ago?

Lynn answers:  Yes, if those are the only things that are listed on your record and you have completed the sentences and satisfied the waiting period. The waiting period is 5 to 10 years, depending on the seriousness of the charges. Once Pardon Services Canada has completed the paperwork and your request for a Record Suspension is granted by the Parole Board of Canada, your criminal record will be sealed and will allow you to pass a criminal record check.[…] Read More

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Here’s what to do if you are at the US border, but you are being denied entry:

1) Remain calm.
Aggressive behavior can result in the US border guard making a record of this behavior and this may have a detrimental effect on applying for re-entry to the United States at a later date. The good news is, once a US Entry Waiver is in place, future visits to the US are allowed and will be problem free.[…] Read More

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Jake from Newfoundland (his name and location have been changed to protect his identity) applied to obtain a pardon for a single offence of driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit (DUI), dating back to when he was 21 years old. Jake wholeheartedly regretted this and made changes in his life to demonstrate having become a good member of society. He took a defensive driving course, attended university to study accounting while gainfully employed and volunteered in his community. […] Read More