MassTsang – A driving under the influence charge is a serious criminal offence in Canada. If you get charged and convicted, you will end up with a record. There are many reasons why otherwise lawful Canadians might want to avoid having a record. But if you do get convicted, is it legally possible to apply for a pardon and expunge of records?The simple answer is yes, you can apply for a pardon for a DUI charge in Canada, according to Jeff Mass, (pictured) impaired driving lawyer in Toronto who specializes in such cases. However, there are certain conditions that apply as you may already suspect. First, you will have to wait for five years at least to have the record cleared. The terms and conditions varied depending on whether you are just charged, or charged and convicted. In both scenarios, you will end up with a record. If you were charged but weren’t convicted in court, you can request to have your arrest records expunged as you didn’t commit a crime. This is a process you need to apply for and is not done automatically after your charge is cleared. That’s one good reason to have good criminal lawyers representing you to get your name cleared. If you were actually convicted in court, the process is a bit more complicated. You can apply for a pardon five years after the fact, once you have completed the sentencing requirements. Also, you will permanently have a record with a DUI conviction as it’s not possible to request the files to be expunged. However, you can apply for the files to be sealed, so they are not accessible via public records search systems.
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