Possession of a controlled substance is the third most common offence that Pardon Services Canada sees on Record Suspension applications. These substances include cannabis, opiates, cocaine, amphetamines, sedatives, and other substances.

This is a hybrid offense which means that the Crown can decide whether or not to proceed summarily or by indictment.  Summary offenses are usually viewed as less serious crimes, whereas indictable offenses are often viewed as more serious crimes involving more severe punishments.  If an individual is found guilty of a summary offense, they are eligible for a Record Suspension (Pardon) 5 years after all the conditions of the sentence have been completed.  If convicted of an indictable offense, application for a Record Suspension may be made 10 years after all the conditions of the sentence are met.

Regardless of when the conviction occurred, an application for a U.S. Entry Waiver can be made for those that need to travel to or through the United States.  Once approved, travel into the United States is allowed for the duration of your waiver.

Contact our offices if you have any questions about drug related charges on your criminal record or how to enter the United States with a past criminal record.

To see the other 7 common offences seen on Record Suspension applications, click here.

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