Driving prohibitions and firearms bans are common sentences, but are treated differently with regard to a record suspension. They are not used to calculate a person’s eligibility and are not removed with a record suspension.
Driving prohibitions are most often included in the sentence for drinking and driving convictions or driving under the influence. These prohibitions are often time limited (1-3 years) and are often in conjunction with a fine. In some provinces, like Ontario, this sentence must be completed before your licence is restored.[…] Read More
The police have slapped those shiny silver cuffs on your wrist, and you’re being driven away in the back of a car with flashing lights. A number of emotions might be rushing through you: shame, embarrassment, fear and anger. While it’s understandable for you to be upset, those emotions will not help you emerge from this ordeal. The first thing you need to do is to take a deep breath, calm down, and think clearly.[…] Read More
Here’s some good news: if you’ve been arrested, your driver’s license might not necessarily be suspended. Only certain kinds of offences will result in losing your license. However, that suspension might be permanent, depending on what you’ve done.
When Can Your License Be Suspended?
According to the paralegal firm Traffic Services, there are a number of reasons your license could be suspended. You might have neglected to pay traffic or parking tickets.[…] Read More
Subsequent to the enactment of the omnibus crime Bill C-10, the waiting period to receive a record suspension—formerly known as a Pardon — increased substantially. It is frankly unfortunate that individuals, especially those trying to reintegrate into society now have to wait much longer to travel, work, volunteer, and more importantly achieve a peace of mind. The 22,000 applications that were submitted to the Parole Board of Canada (PBC hereafter) between July 2010 and February 23, 2012 are considered part of the backlog.[…] Read More
Criminal Record Checks In B.C. – New Option For Volunteer Organizations
The enactment of the Criminal Records Review Amendment Act effective November 30th 2013, will allow organizations in British Columbia an easier way to obtain criminal record checks for their volunteers. A review of some of the key changes to the Act is summarized below, and in the attached Government bulletin.
The Criminal Records Review Act has been in place since 1996 and requires every employer in BC to ensure that existing or new employees working with children or vulnerable sector undergo a criminal record check. […] Read More
There have recently been accusations of fraud associated with other pardon companies. News has been received that Express Pardons Inc., a Canadian Pardon provider headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, has closed down without notice. Clients of this company have been left in the lurch, with little or no repercussions available to them.
The Scarborough Police are also investigating a company advertising pardon services. A recent article stated:
Police allege a company listed online as Federal Pardons Canada advertises services for processing pardons and waivers to enter the US for a nominal fee.[…] Read More
Are you planning a family trip, or a quick getaway? You may need to apply for a passport or renew your current passport. Before you do so, make sure that you are not wasting your time and money and getting denied at the end.
Passport Canada can and may deny you from getting a passport for the following reasons:
- You did not fill out the form correctly.
- You have been charged with an indictable offence in Canada or another country.
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Presumption of innocence What’s that?
The presumption of innocence is something we expect as Canadians. We believe that society should hold a person innocent unless proven guilty. Well, that principle does not apply to the Parole Board of Canada. This was determined by a recent court case, Cornille v. Attorney General of Canada. Basically, if the Parole Board of Canada has heard any rumours that you might have been in trouble since your conviction, it can reject your pardon application.[…] Read More
We’re going to clear up some of the confusion over the US Entry Waiver. Many people that call our offices are overwhelmed by the US Entry Waiver application process. Understandably so, as there are a lot of forms to fill out, red-tape to wade through, and confusing steps that are required to be able to enter the US, even for the purpose of vacation and travel.
Who needs a US entry Waiver?[…] Read More
Under Bill-C-10, the term Pardon is now a Record Suspension. For the nearly 4 million Canadians with a criminal record, having a chance to remove the stigma of a criminal record and getting a clean slate is a tremendous opportunity.
A criminal record is enough to prevent someone from being hired in a variety of jobs that require background checks. Many jobs in banking, health care, teaching, security and government require a “clean” criminal record.[…] Read More