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Criminal Record Suspension

What is a criminal Record?

A criminal record is an entry in a register administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) throughout Canada.  The criminal record will have information about your  detailed identity, criminal charges laid against you, convictions, fingerprints, DNA, etc.

You will be considered a criminal as long as these charges stay in the police repository system. However, as soon as the criminal records are suspended, you will not have the record of your past crime.

 
What are the impacts of having a criminal record?

 Criminal record creates innumerable problems in a person’s life i.e. to get employment, school or university admissions, become licensed for employment or for business purposes, travel to the U.S.A., volunteer, rent or buy an apartment or house or become a Canadian citizen.

In today’s world, many organizations require a police clearance for employment, volunteer or for trainings etc. A police record shows all charges. Even old records will reveal and be disclosed. When the record is discovered, and the consequences are realized, such as losing their job, or being turned away at the U.S. border, their lives often fall apart.

Similarly, young people, with recent criminal records, are precluded from starting their adult lives on the right path when they cant be admitted to school programs or aren’t able to get a decent job, after their record is revealed.

There are innumerable problems created by criminal records and they are endless. Additionally, we have many avenues to remove or erase criminal record. For the most part, criminal records remain on file indefinitely and keep re-appearing at the most inopportune times. A person with a record, therefore, continues to be punished long after the charges were dropped.

Why is a Record Suspension an important thing to do?

A record suspension removes a person’s criminal record from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) database. This means that a search of CPIC will not show that the individual has a criminal record or a record suspension. In other words, the database does not show your past criminal history after record suspension. This helps them access employment and educational opportunities and to reintegrate into society.

The Criminal Records Act (CRA) applies only to records kept by federal organizations, but most provincial and municipal criminal justice agencies also restrict access to their records once they are told that a record suspension has been ordered. Now is the right time to start to apply for record suspension.

Direct advantages of criminal record suspension;

  1. It will help you to earn your reputation in the community
  2. You will have better chances to find employment
  3. You will feel yourself more dignified
  4. Volunteer opportunity
  5. Abroad travel opportunity
  6. Housing opportunity
Why to Choose ND Paralegal Services for Criminal Record Suspension?

Naba Dhungana is a licensed paralegal from the Law Society of Ontario and he has been providing legal services for over seven years. Additionally, he has been representing clients at different courts and tribunals and has achieved successful results to date. Additionally, he has good knowledge about the consequences of criminal records and how to get rid of them .

ND Paralegal Services always helps to ;

  • Assist clients from beginning to the end
  •  Provides one to one services to the clients
  • Renders Prompt phone contact with the counsel
  • Replies clients’ queries within a day
  • Advises clients about the outcome and procedures
  • Explains clients about the outcome and procedures
  • Listens the clients’ concerns 
  • Helps clients to start their life fresh in the community
How do I get a copy of a Parole Board of Canada decision?​

To request a copy of a Parole Board of Canada decision (PBC) victims should complete and submit the Request for Decision Registry form.

If you have difficulty to follow the procedures, please contact us, we will assist you to complete the task.

File Destruction for Criminal Non-Conviction in Canada

If you had trouble with police in Canada and you were not fully convicted. As soon as the police arrest you, they will have your fingerprint, and it will be in the police record. So, it is important to remove the record from the police, court .

When your charges were withdrawn,dismissed and had diversion, you will be in trouble for one year. As long as it is a one year trouble, we can do file destruction for non conviction in Canada.
Likewise, if your charges were stayed, peace bond, and absolutely discharge, we can move forward for file destruction.

However, if you had conditional discharge, you will be in trouble for 3 years.It is always better to start the process earlier.
American authority still can see you were in trouble with law because they may not know the legal terms used in Canada i.e. stayed, dismissed etc. because some legal terms are only used in Canada. When you are fingerprinted by the police, you should remove it otherwise it will remain in the system and show you were in trouble.

Determine your Eligibility for Record Suspension

Important Notice:

  1. Since March 19, 2020, changes made to the Criminal Records Act (CRA) in both 2010 and 2012 are no longer being applied retroactively for applicants who committed their most recent offence prior to the coming into force of these changes.
  2. This means that applications are now being processed using the CRA eligibility criteria in place at the time of an applicant’s most recent offence.
  3. There is no need to apply for a record suspension if a criminal record only consists of an absolute or a conditional discharge handed down by a court on or after July 24,1992, since they are automatically removed from Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) one year( for an absolute discharge) or three years (for conditional discharge)following the court decision.
Important Facts
  1. The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) makes conditional release and record suspension decisions. Public safety is the primary concern of the Parole Board of Canada.
  2. The applicant should prove their identity through the government issued ids
  3. You need to provide us the details of your past offences, incarceration and released date to check your eligibility for record suspension application.
  4. You can check about your eligibility for record suspension yourself:https://www.canada.ca/en/parole-board/services/record-suspensions/step-5-get-a-copy-of-your-document-to-support-your-identity.html

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