If you require a pardon/record suspension, Terry Sheppard is able to apply on your behalf for a flat fee.
To be eligible for a pardon/record suspension, you must complete the term of your sentence, including incarceration, parole and payment of any fines; and then complete the required “conviction-free” period. For individuals with a summary conviction, the conviction free period is three years. For most individuals with an indictable conviction, the conviction-free period is five years. If you are not sure if your conviction is a summary conviction or an indictable conviction, we will assist you.
Having a criminal record can affect you in several ways:
- Employment: Many employers require a criminal record check and will not hire individuals with a conviction. It is also impossible for individuals with criminal records to work in any level of government without first obtaining a pardon.
- Child Custody: Judges can consider the existence of a criminal record as a record of character. A criminal record is a negative statement of character, but having a pardon will illustrate to a judge that the individual has made a real attempt to rehabilitate as a law-abiding citizen. This may influence a decision when granting child custody and parenting time.
- Education: Education in fields such as medicine, nursing, security, the law and child care require a clean criminal record check. A criminal conviction can create a real barrier in pursuing education in those fields.
- Canadian Citizenship: Many people are unaware that if they are applying for Canadian citizenship, and they have a Canadian criminal record, their application will be rejected. If this occurs, they may risk deportation. For this reason, it is extremely important that these individuals obtain a pardon for their convictions before making an application.
- Volunteering: Most volunteer organizations, especially those that provide programs for children, will require a clean criminal record check. Individuals with convictions will find that volunteering for those organizations difficult, if not impossible. This may even include, for example, volunteering at your child’s school.
- Adoption: Anyone looking to adopt a child must first pass a vulnerable sector search. Although the existence of a criminal record will not automatically result in denial of any adoption request, once again, a pardon will provide a positive character reference.
- Travel outside of Canada: Various countries will deny entry to people with criminal records. While having a pardon will not automatically guarantee your entry into these countries; again, it will provide a positive character reference.