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CRIMINAL RECORDS

In Canada, if you are convicted of a summary conviction offense, after three years have passed from the completion of your sentence, you may apply to the national parole board for a pardon.  If you offence is indictable, the waiting period is five years.


You can obtain a criminal record search at TrueCheck


https://www.truecheck.ca/


The forms are available at most RCMP stations as a criminal record search must accompany the application.


http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cr-cj/pp-er-eng.htm


See this site for the impact of a criminal; record on entry to the US


http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode08/usc_sec_08_00001182----000-.html

CAUTION


You should be aware that there is an international treaty between Canada and the U.S. (Statement of Mutual Understanding , February 19, 2003) whereby records of convictions are shared between the RCMP and the FBI.  


Thus, it could well be that following a pardon, the American border patrol may still have continuing access to the American copy of your record so you have to be very careful in that regard.

Jim O'Neil, LL.B.

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