Express Pardons – CLOSED
Express Pardons Inc., a Canadian Pardon provider headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, has closed down without notice. As the industry leader and pioneer, Pardon Services Canada sincerely regrets the hardship this abrupt closure will cause Express Pardon’s clients. As a gesture of support, Pardon Services Canada is offering to make an evaluation of all work done on your file thus far, and will give you a $100 deduction on its pardon services.[…] Read More
So, these incarceration rates are looking a little “high”…
Every year, thousands of Canadians face a criminal record for the simple offence of possession of marijuana. Justice Canada estimates that over 600,000 Canadians have a criminal record for cannabis possession. In fact, police in British Columbia have reported that the number of cannabis drug offences have jumped from 11,952 in 2002 to 16,578 in 2011.
$%** man! It’s just a bit of herbal medicine.[…] Read More
Every year, thousands of Canadians travel to the United States for work, shopping, catching a flight, or even just to have some fun in the sun. If you are reading this blog post, you are very likely one of them, or at least are considering travelling to the States. But it is getting harder and harder for Canadians to get across the border if they have a criminal record. The single fact that America is our close neighbour south of the border does not stop Canadians from being subject to U.S.[…] Read More
Going through the Canadian Pardon process in order to put together a Canadian Pardon Application (now known as a Record Suspension application) is already a fairly complicated affair that requires correspondence with the RCMP, various courts, local police, fingerprinting agencies, etc. However, the Canadian Pardon process is made all the more complicated by the fact that some of these documents are time-sensitive, and are therefore subject to expiry.
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A criminal record can prevent you from doing many things, including travel, and so many Canadians naturally assume that they also cannot apply for a passport. This is untrue as the passport application process does not contain a criminal record check of any kind, and so you can easily get a Passport with a Criminal Record. However this doesn’t mean you can freely travel with a criminal record, and we advise you to use caution when making travel plans.[…] Read More
Your local police station can usually provide you with all the information you need regarding your convictions or your criminal record. Many Canadians contact us and do not remember their exact convictions, or know what would appear on their criminal record, and we often send them to their local police station for more information. Attending a police station can sometimes be daunting for those who have had difficulties with police in the past, but it’s definitely worth it in order to begin the process of obtaining a Pardon with all the proper information necessary.[…] Read More
Receiving a “Conditional Discharge” is one possible outcome when charged with an offence. While not a full conviction, a conditional discharge does require that the individual be found guilty of the particular offence- either by a plea, or a finding of guilt. A Conditional Discharge is essentially a sentence that requires the individual to abide by certain conditions for a set period of time. These conditions are often related to the nature of the offence, such as a drug and alcohol prohibition given as a condition for a drinking and driving charge.[…] Read More
Some individuals who have committed offences as youths (ages twelve to eighteen) may be unsure whether or not they have a criminal record, and indeed the answer isn’t always clear. In most cases, a record of your youth offences will not be kept on your federal criminal record. However, there are some cases where a youth record is able to be retained. In these cases, obtaining a Record Suspension (formerly referred to as a Pardon) would be the only way to have these records removed for good.[…] Read More
Coming into the holiday season and the cooler temperatures that accompany it, some interesting changes begin to occur when examining crime statistics. It has been well-documented that criminal offences reach their peak in the summer hours when temperatures are highest, and people are spending more of their time outdoors and in contact with other people. Conversely, as the weather grows colder and people begin to spend more time indoors, crime rates generally decline to reach a yearly low-point in December.[…] Read More
Many Pardon applicants who submitted their applications to the Parole Board of Canada prior to February 23 of 2012 have still not heard a decision regarding their Pardon. This is the result of a staggeringly large backlog of files that have not yet been assigned to officers. Part of this is due to the simple fact that the Parole Board of Canada did not have enough officers on staff to process the amount of applications that were coming in.[…] Read More