Impaired Driving, also known as DUI or Drunk Driving or Over .08, is considered a criminal record and can affect the life of a person charged in many ways. It is among the most common criminal offence in Canada with over 80,000 convictions each year.
It is important to pay the fine for the DUI and once that is done, it is possible to start the record suspension process to remove the criminal record in Canada. The eligibility requirements for a summary conviction is five years from the end of your punishment to obtain a Canada Record Suspension.
Here is a letter we recently received from a retired school teacher who we helped to obtain a Canada Record Suspension for a DUI:
“The first ramification was the shame and embarrassment I felt within my own personal family. To be a role model to two grown boys was humiliating when knowing I faced a criminal record. It was a personal secret within our family that I did not want to share with anyone”
“Travel options became very few. Even though I had a Canadian passport, I could have possibly been prevented from traveling to the US if I was asked if I had a criminal record. This certainly limited my family’s travel options to Canada only if we chose to travel.”
“I was also unable to volunteer my time as a retired teacher to various agencies, since a criminal check is mandatory in most cases. Because of this, I have been prevented from giving my time and expertise to these associations”
“It is fortunate that Pardons Canada offers this service in order to get my life back to normal.”