Do you think you’ve been accused of a crime you have not committed? Then, you need to clear your name.
The judge and jury can clear your name, but only if you have a good alibi and enough evidence to prove yourself innocent. However, in cases that you are convicted, you need not lose hope. You can still clear your records, if not your name.
In most countries, clearing criminal records is also known as expungement. In Canada, it’s called a pardon or record suspension. The process of clearing your criminal records is not that difficult. You only need to know the right requirements and steps to do it.
Here are different ways you can clear your criminal record:
- Hire a lawyer.
When you don’t know anything about legal procedures, it’s only natural that you seek help from the professionals. Hiring a lawyer could be of your best interest. For one, he can defend you during court rulings. However, if you’ve got an indication, he can still give you some useful advice. Ask the lawyer whether you are or are not eligible for a record suspension.
- File for record suspension using online service providers.
You may not know this, but it’s actually easy to file for record suspension online nowadays. In fact, there are a lot of legal services offered in the digital world. While these service providers are not directly working with the Parole Board of Canada, they can process your application for a pardon in behalf of you. However, you need to submit to them the necessary documents and costs of pardon.
To file for a record suspension, you also need to belong to any one of these:
- You got arrested but not convicted.
- You’re not lawfully arrested.
- You have been on your best behaviour while you were serving your term.
- You have committed the crime while you were a minor.
If you have committed any major crimes, like sexual harassment to a minor, you might not have your application for a pardon approved.
- Apply for a pardon yourself.
Eligibility to apply for a pardon usually starts five months to ten years, depending on the court’s rulings. Once you are eligible, you can apply for a record suspension yourself. After you’ve undergone all the steps, you only need to wait for the decision of the Parole Board of Canada.
- Wait for the state to remove your criminal records.
Sometimes, when you don’t get convicted of the crime, the records regarding the filing of the case and the court proceedings get removed automatically. The danger about this though is that you don’t know if the records are permanently or only temporarily removed.
Once you have erased your criminal records, it will be as if your crimes have never occurred. Still, the process will not be as easy. Hire the right partner if you can’t do it yourself.