April 26, 2011

According to Express Pardons, in Canada, criminal offences are brought against you either summarily, or by indictment. Summary offences are minor, and indictable offences are more serious. Some crimes in the Canadian criminal code are automatically indictable, and others are automatically summary; however, most charges fall under the hybrid category. Hybrid offences are those where the Crown can elect to proceed by summary or by indictment, depending on the circumstances of the specific case.


NPB Releases Top Pardoned Offences

February 12, 2011

As Express Pardons explains, the National Parole Board, the branch of the Canadian government, has released their list of the top 10 pardoned offences in Canada.

This data was gathered based on all pardons granted in the last 10 years.

The top three pardoned offences in Canada are drunken driving, assault and theft.

Following that are driving while ability impaired, breach of the controlled drugs and substances act and breach of the narcotic controls act.

Rounding out the list is break (break and enter and theft), theft under $1000, mischief and failure to appear.  The top 10 list of pardoned offences takes into account all pardoned offences from 2000 to 2010.

Stop the Pardon Fee Increase

February 11, 2011

The parole board wants to boost that fee to $631, but not before holding “online consultations,” which begin Thursday and last until the end of the month.

This fee will affect all current and future pardon applicants.

Complaints, concerns and comments can be submitted via email and mail from February 10th to February 27th.

Express Pardons encourages everyone to write to the government to stop the pardon fee increase.

Express Pardons Featured in Vancouver Sun

January 7, 2011

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Top 10 Reasons To Purge Your Non-Conviction Record

December 31, 2010

As explained in a recent Express Pardons article, if you have ever been arrested or investigated by the police then you will have a police record on file at the local level.  In order to have this information removed, you must apply for a purge.

The top 10 reasons to purge your non-conviction or police records are:

1. If you have an arrest record then you need to apply for a purge to have that information removed.

2. If you have a police record then you need to apply for a purge to have that information removed.

3. If you have ever been involved in a police investigation then you need to apply for a purge to have that information removed.

4. Information involving arrests is kept on record within local police files, unless a purge application is made.

5. Involvement with police investigations is kept on record permanently, unless a purge application is made.

6. A purge application is the only way to remove police information from the police systems.

7. A purge application is the only way to remove an arrest record or investigation report from the police systems.

8. Police and arrest records are kept on file indefinitely; a purge is the only way to remove these files.

9. Express Pardons specializes in purge applications.

10. Express Pardons can help remove any police record, investigation record or arrest record.

Pardons Mean Renewed Freedom To Travel

December 23, 2010

– Canadians with criminal records are considered ineligible to enter the US by the US government

– Having a pardon means a record is sealed and is the only way to get rid of a criminal record in Canada

– If a person tries to enter the US without a pardon means their criminal record is still visible on searchable databases and they will be denied entry to the US

-Indiviudals cannot get travel or work visas to other countries without a pardon from Express Pardons, meaning that they have limited opportunities at their disposal


Pardon Means Fresh Start For Job Search

December 22, 2010

What is a pardon meaning for the thousands of Canadians Express Pardon’s give a second chance too?

Unemployment rates in Canada are at 7.6%

-More employers require criminal record checks for potential employees

-More employers require criminal record checks for current employees

-Having a criminal record drastically reduces your chances of getting hired

-People with criminal records cannot be bonded

-Getting a pardon is the only way to remove your criminal record

-A criminal record never goes away on its own

Pardons are meaning a difference in the lives of thousands, shouldn’t you be one of them?

Graham James Gets Bail – Catalyst To More Pardon Law Change?

December 9, 2010

For the full article and to read the response of industry experts Express Pardons, click here.

Pardon Process to Change More

–        New pardon laws in effect to make pardon applications more difficult

–        Canada reacts to sex offender Graham James pardon

–        If Canadian government passes all proposed pardon changes, convicted killer Karla Homolka may never be eligible for a pardon


Canadian Records in the US System are Permanent

August 26, 2010

If you are a Canadian citizen and the US denies you entry because of your criminal entry or deems you inadmissible for any reason you will need to apply for a US Entry Waiver. Once you have been flagged in the US system as an individual that has been denied entry, who therefor requires a US Entry Waiver to regain entrance, you are in the US system permanently. Because those records are permanent, individuals requiring a US Entry Waiver will have to reapply for one every one, three or five years depending on the length of the waiver that was granted. In order to avoid this time consuming and costly process it is recommended that an individual with a criminal record in Canada applies for a Canadian Pardon prior to entering the US. Once the Canadian Pardon is granted, the record is sealed from all searchable systems. This means that no one will be able to see the criminal record or know that it exists unless the person with the records makes them aware of its existence. Contact Express Pardons for more information.

Holding Individuals Accountable for Their Offences

August 21, 2010

The Canadian Government is now considering changing the pardon laws to make obtaining a pardon even more difficult, or possibly even impossible, for individuals with serious sexual offenses.    The Canadian Government wants to make it clear that they will hold people accountable for their criminal actions, particularly repeat sexual offenders and pedophiles.    The National Parole Board now has the ability to take into consideration the nature of the crime or crimes committed while determining whether the individual expresses remorse and shows rehabilitation.  Having to prove remorse and rehabilitation to the board makes the pardon application more complicated.  It also means that the pardon application is no longer the same for every applicant.  Each application will be reviewed in greater detail in order to ensure that the person not only meets the new requirements but that they deserve a pardon in the eyes of the government.    The changing pardon laws mean that more applications with be denied and individuals are encouraged to contact Express Pardons to make sure that their application for a pardon is granted.