DUI Pardon Eligibility

Your past mistakes and criminal record should not limit your freedom and opportunities for your whole life. While many people are aware of the merits of a pardon, now known as a record suspension, they are often discouraged from applying because of misconceptions surrounding the process and/or the severity of their offence.

Drunk Driving Charges

A DUI arrest is made if you exceed the blood alcohol limit of 0.08. If the individual being tested is close to the threshold but not over, the officers have a range of enforceme nt options that vary from province to province. If convicted for DUI, the following sanctions apply:

  • For a first offence, you get a $1,000 fine and 12-month driving prohibition
  • For a second offence, you get 30 days of jail and a 24-month driving prohibition
  • For subsequent offences, you get 120 days of jail and a 36-month driving prohibition.
Who Should Apply for a Record Suspension?

Anyone with a DUI conviction should apply for a record suspension to get their record removed. Additionally, if you were not convicted after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, the record of your arrest remains. You should file for a purge of your data from the records.

How to Get a DUI Off Your Record

Many people don’t attempt to remove their DUI from their record, at least not until the topic comes up in a job interview, property lease, business negotiation, US border crossing, or any other inconveniencing situation.

That said, the earliest you can get a record suspension for a DUI is five years from the date when you paid the fine imposed. It is, therefore, important to pay drinking and driving related fines as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary delays getting a pardon.

But you don’t necessarily have to wait until the entire 5-year wait period has elapsed. The entire record suspension process takes between 12 and 20 months. We prefer to start gathering and preparing the necessary paperwork after 3 ½ to 4 years have elapsed, so you can get the record suspension soon after meeting the mandated 5-year wait period.

When Should You Apply for a DUI Pardon?

If you intend to pursue a pardon for your drunk driving charge, your first step should be paying all the fines. If there is no jail time, the day you settle the fine is when you starting counting the waiting period.

The license suspension is not a part of the DUI sentence that is considered with your application for a record suspension. You could get your criminal record sealed without necessarily obtaining your license as well.

Record Suspension Services of Canada

The cost for a obtaining a DUI record suspension is $631, plus a service provider fee for assisting with the paperwork. The application process for a DUI pardon is complicated, and takes 12 to 18 months. It is best to start the process about one year before your eligibility date.

At Pardon Professionals, our founders have lived through the process of obtaining a record suspension and know how daunting and stressful this process can be. We provide professional, efficient, trusted and expert service without judgment so that you can obtain a waiver or pardon as quickly as possible. We set your mind at ease with customer-centric service and easy-to-understand, direct information at your fingertips. Begin the process of clearing your record today with our help.

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