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.
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.
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.
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.