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US Border Crossing With Charges: What You Need To Know

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There seems to be a lot of misconceptions online and in the press about crossing the US border with criminal charges or a pardon/record suspension. Some will lead you to believe that a pardon complicates border crossing. We are here to tell you professionally that that simply is not the truth. This article aims to…

Pardons Improve Job Opportunities

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For many HR departments the first step is to remove any application that has a check mark in the box next to criminal record. Having your employability limited by what is often a single minor crime, is incredibly frustrating and most likely less than financially rewarding. The criminal justice system’s goal is rehabilitation and have…

Most Crimes Are Eligible for A Record Suspension (Pardon)

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Most Canadians that have a criminal record will be eligible for a pardon (same as a record suspension). This means we criminal record check is performed for work it’s as if there were never any charges begin with. This opens up possibilities for international travel and education courses where a clean record check is needed.…

What Does The U.S. Know About Canadian Criminal Records?

When crossing the U.S. border, you can expect to be asked several questions about yourself the reasons for your trip to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents generally will not ask you directly if you have a criminal record. They will however ask: Have you ever been charged with a criminal…

Free Pot Pardons: What You’re Not Being Told

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A pardon (record suspension) does indeed seal your criminal record so that anyone such as an employer will see a clean record check. While the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency technically may also not be abel to see your criminal record, they may still ask you questions such as: Have you ever been fingerprinted/been to court?…

Free Cannabis Record Suspensions

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As of August 1st you can now apply for a free cannabis record suspension (“Pot Pardon”). Some 400,000 Canadians are expected to be eligible. While the pardon application is free, the are some services needed that will cost a few dollars and some paperwork. Pardon Services is RCMP accredited for electronic fingerprinting & record checks.…

Drinking and Not Driving Yields A DUI Charge?

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It’s been over a year now that Bill C 46 made Canada’s tough driving laws even more strict. One of the biggest changes is that police officers do not require a reasonable cause to administer a breathalyzer test. One thing did stay the same: It is still illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration…

“Stayed Charges” May Appear On A Criminal Record Check



When you apply for a criminal record check, “stayed charges” may or may not appear in your Criminal Record Certificate. We would like to think the regulations would be clear as to what does and doesn’t appear in a criminal record check. The results of a criminal record check could change the course of a…

Employers & Criminal Record Checks

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After a person completes their conditions imposed on a conviction, you might think their “payback” to society is completed and technically it is. However there is one last thing to do in order to get rid of the criminal record which can’t affect employment, education and travel. Unfortunately, until the waiting period of 5 or 10…