Did you know that driving under influence is the most common criminal offense? It is quite possible you yourself might know a couple of DUI cases from your social circle. Whether you’re once ignorant enough to head on road after ramming down intoxicating shots or in a bad case of fever, or are driving under the influence of that cough syrup you just had, you are very much vulnerable to being arrested under the impaired driving criminal code, for driving under influence under section 235 of criminal code.


Driving under the intoxicating influence of drugs and alcohol not only puts the driver’s life at stake but also the lives of unsuspecting potential victims, which is why this criminal offense is taken seriously in Canada. The legal blood alcohol limit in Canada and the United States of America is 0.08. However, you’re not really completely off the hook if you’re just below 0.08. Police have various other options concerning enforcement in such a case. However, it varies from state to state. It might be the hearty thanksgiving meal or a night out with your old buddies, if you’re driving while you’re impaired, you’re most likely to get arrested and charged.

In Canada, if you’re convicted of a crime, it stays there on your profile. When you’re done and dusted with your prison sentence, the story doesn’t end there. If you apply for a job, your employer can view your past criminal records for a background check, even if you’ve never been found guilty. In either case, guilty or not guilty, once you’ve been convicted for driving under influence, you should apply to have your records removed, so as to ensure your future security in terms of employment. If you were convicted, you’re better off applying for the Pardon.

Here are four things you need to remember when applying for the Pardon:

  1. It is important to pay the fine as soon as possible because you can’t apply for a pardon for the next five years of paying the fine. This means after you’ve paid the fine, your count down for the next five years has begun. After five years, you are eligible to apply for another pardon. Hence, delaying the fine payment is only a waste of more time.
  2. The paperwork process for Pardons Canada can take up to 12-20 months. Even if you start your Pardons case earlier than aforementioned time period, it is quite alright. This additional time will be used by the staff at Pardons Canada to assemble and gather all your paper work.
  3. The Pardon for a driving under influence charge will cost you $575 + HST. Additionally, you’ll be required to pay the Receiver General $631 to approve the pardon at the very end.
  4. Make sure you don’t get any further violations, especially traffic violations, since they are more likely to occur. In case you do get one, it can be used against you at the review process at the end of your waiting period. Maintain a good Samaritan conduct, it’ll reflect well on your review and show them that you’ve been practicing good conduct through out.



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