You should get a Record Suspension in order to put the past behind you and move forward with confidence. A Record Suspension will remove the barriers that may hold you back and open up more opportunities. You may have moved on from the circumstances in your life that led to a criminal conviction. Society encourages people who have made mistakes to rehabilitate themselves and successfully integrate back into the world. Unfortunately, with a criminal record, it is hard to take advantage of opportunities that may help you become a productive, upstanding citizen.
A Record Suspension largely eliminates the barriers created by a criminal record. Often, a criminal record, even for a nonviolent or minor offence, can show up at the worst times, stopping you from moving forward. With a criminal record, there may be restrictions on your ability to travel, to obtain security clearance, be bonded or get a job. It’s tough to reintegrate into society when no one will give you the chance to prove yourself.
A criminal record does not go away automatically. In order to move forward, you have to ask for a pardon. You do have the opportunity to make things right by applying for a record suspension from the Parole Board of Canada. When you are ready to start the process, we can help.