The most common criminal conviction in Canada is assault. Life can be stressful, and people can lash out and fight in a moment of anger and before they know it the police have been called and are charging for assault.
There are a number of assault convictions, the most common being domestic assault. This conviction is usually a summary conviction and is less severe than other assault charges. Indictable offences for assault are known as assault causing bodily harm and assault with a weapon. Even if the weapon was a spoon, cell phone, beer bottle, the punishment can be severe.
In many domestic assault cases, the charges can be withdrawn or stayed and a peace bond is put in place. If that is the case, a file destruction is still required to remove the prints, photos, court and police records.
In the case of the other assault convictions, a Canada Record Suspension or Pardon is required in order to remove the criminal record from public record.
Here is a quote from a person we recently helped to obtain a Canada Record Suspension for a common assault conviction in Calgary:
“I am very thankful to have a second chance for my wrong doing, and I can now move forward with my life without the fear of having my criminal record get in the way of work and traveling.”
“My bad decisions and anger issues taught me to not take advantage of the law because there will be consequences that can be permanent.”
“To be a Canadian citizen, I have many privileges and one of them is the pardon, which will be helpful in my life and be grateful.”