We understand the importance of having a clean criminal record. Whether you are seeking employment, applying for immigration, or simply want to leave your past behind, a record suspension can help you clear your record and start fresh.
A record suspension, formerly known as a pardon, allows individuals who have completed their sentences and demonstrated years of law-abiding behavior to have their criminal records kept separate from active criminal records, opening doors to a brighter future.
What is a Record Suspension?
A record suspension, previously known as a pardon, is a recognition by the Government of Canada that an individual has completed their sentence and maintained a law-abiding lifestyle for a specified period. It does not erase a criminal record but separates it from active criminal records, making it inaccessible through standard background checks. This process allows individuals to move forward without the burden of their past convictions defining their future opportunities.
Eligibility for a Record Suspension
Before applying for a record suspension, individuals must meet certain eligibility criteria including:
Completion of Sentence: Applicants must have completed all aspects of their sentence, including any payment of fines, restitution orders, probation orders, parole, or conditional sentences.
Waiting Period: A mandatory waiting period must be observed from the date all sentences were completed—5 years for summary offences and 10 years for indictable offences.
Good Conduct: Applicants must demonstrate they have lived a law-abiding life during the waiting period.
Please note that you DO NOT need to apply for a record suspension if:
You have only received an absolute or conditional discharge; or
You were only convicted in a youth court or youth justice court.
In such cases, you may be eligible to apply for record destruction (also known as file destruction) to have your record removed from the RCMP's national database. For individuals whose charges were withdrawn, or dismissed, or who received an absolute or conditional discharge, we offer file/record destruction services. This service aims to remove your record from RCMP and local police databases, ensuring your past does not impact your future opportunities.
How to Start the Process with Us
Taking the first step towards a brighter future is straightforward. Here's how to start the process with us:
1. Initial Contact: Reach out to us by sending an email to email@example.com. Please include detailed information about your case, such as the nature of your conviction(s), the completion dates of your sentence(s), and any other relevant details. This information will enable us to understand your situation better.
2. Consultation: Upon receiving your email, one of our dedicated team members will contact you to discuss your case in detail. We will explore how we can assist you and outline the next steps, providing you with comprehensive guidance and the necessary instructions to move forward.
3. Document Collection: Our experienced professionals will support you in gathering all essential documents for your application. This includes obtaining criminal record checks, court documents, and local police records. Our meticulous approach ensures that your application is robust and well-prepared.
4. Application Submission: Once your application is complete and all documents are in order, we will submit the application on your behalf to the Parole Board of Canada. We handle all aspects of the submission process, ensuring that your application meets all requirements and is presented in the best possible light.
**Privacy and Professionalism: We understand the sensitivity of your information and the importance of discretion. Rest assured that your case will be handled with the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality, ensuring your privacy is maintained throughout the process.
Our team consists of experienced professionals well-versed in the nuances of the Criminal Records Act and the Parole Board of Canada's procedures and with years of experience, we have a proven track record of helping clients successfully manage their criminal record.
Take the First Step: Contact us today to get started! We're here to support you every step of the way, ensuring a smooth and successful application process.