Every year, the Parole Board declines to accept over 25 per cent of applications for Record Suspensions for filing. The reasons usually relate to common mistakes that are easily avoided.

If your application is sent back for missing or incomplete information, it can add months to the process. It’s important to make sure everything is complete before filing, so that you can get back on track as soon as possible.

Common mistakes on Record Suspension applications

Missing or incomplete information – This is one of the most common mistakes most people make. The Parole Board application is very complex. Many people accidentally leave out information, forget key facts or leave sections blank due to a lack of understanding. If you are doing the application yourself, you should review the guide carefully. If you choose to submit your application through AllCleared, we will ensure that all the information is complete.

Not being honest – Failing to disclose relevant information, such as past addresses, outstanding fines or recent charges could result in delays and denials. The Parole Board is going to do their own investigation into your background, so there is no point in hiding anything. If you have outstanding fines or charges you will not be able to apply.

Not understanding the Measurable Benefit section – The term “measurable benefit” is confusing to many. Often people get frustrated by the question. Sometimes they respond with irrelevant information. Sometimes they don’t even answer. However, all the Parole Board is asking is “How will the Record Suspension improve your life?” and “How will it help ensure that you remain successful in your rehabilitation?”

Not understanding the purpose of the application – Some people fill out the form without accepting responsibility for what happened. They may describe how they got a bum deal or their lawyer pressured them to take a plea. This is not the right application if you want to correct a miscarriage of justice or dispute the conviction. You should talk to a lawyer about your situation.

Fee – Many people who apply forget to submit the fee or simply don’t enclose it because they don’t feel they can afford it. Unfortunately, there is no fee waiver program. You must submit a fee for $631 in order to apply.

Changing your address – If the Parole Board has additional questions, they will try to contact you. If you move after your application is submitted and don’t update your address and contact information, they may give up and assume you have abandoned the application, or they may send you your granted form and you may not receive it. The same situation applies if you are doing your application through us. We may have to convey important information to you and send you your pardon once it has been granted.

Waiting too long – Many people only think about clearing their record when they are applying for a job, or someone asks them for a record check for some other reason, such as a travel visa, a volunteer position or a contract. Then, they try to rush through the application causing common mistakes to happen. It can take up to two years to get a Record Suspension, depending on the circumstances. This means you are going to lose out on the opportunity. You should start collecting your documents six months before you become eligible. Then, you can seal your record as soon as possible.

What can you do?

If you are applying on your own, read the guide as closely as possible and ensure that you follow all the steps. Ask a trustworthy friend or family member to read it over for a second set of eyes.

Contact AllCleared. We guarantee that your application will be submitted full and complete, so that you won’t be affected by denials or delays. Call us for a free consultation at 1-866-972-7366.