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Common Pardon Questions
With that said, many offences are considered hybrid, whereby the presiding Judge has the authority to determine how the case will be handled in court. The important factor with respect to how this affects you applying for a Pardon is the waiting period. Offences after 2010 across the country are required to wait 5 or 10 years after the disposition (or punishment) has been satisfied. Offences prior to 2010 in Ontario and BC are calculated differently based on the appropriate legislation.
Criteria to confirm you meet eligibility requirements is clear, and as long as we prove you meet the good conduct criteria it is unlikely your application would be denied. Though government and individual clerical errors happen regularly and documents expire if the process is not followed explicitly when doing it on your own, the government generally provides opportunities to correct or add something that may be missing before they would deny the application outright.
The exciting news is, you no longer have to pay the federal government processing fee and eligibility and subsequent criteria are no longer evaluated in decision-making.
Common Waiver Questions
The easy answer, don't travel with marijuana. If you must for medical purposes, we recommend speaking to one of our team to discuss your situation.
Common Criminal Rehabilitation Questions
If you have extenuating or pressing circumstances, you may need to apply for a Temporary Resident Permit. This application can be processed much faster but will be out of the scope of the work we do.
We would instead refer you to an affiliate who would take this work on for you with your interest and permission.
If eligibility has not yet been met or criminal record information is considered indictable, chances of the success of your application will be explained to you to manage expectations.
If your application was denied and beyond the scope of our experience, you would have 2 options; wait and reapply after meeting the criteria the denial spoke to, or appeal the decision. With respect to the latter, decisions to deny are not often overturned, so we may advise against this or refer you to another professional.