You may not think there is any need to apply for a pardon because it has never
been a problem, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have a problem in the future. Keep in mind, there are standards regarding a pardon, so not everyone is eligible. It may also be the case that you are not eligible today, but in the future you will become eligible. In either situation, you should give consideration to getting a pardon. The following are just a few reasons for doing so.
A pardon will help your job prospects
You may have steady employment today, but the future is uncertain. If you were to lose your job for any number of reasons, naturally, you will begin searching for a new job. However, if you apply for a job that does a background search, you may not be hired. Even with your present job there can be an issue. If you are in line for a promotion, your employer may run a background check on all of the candidates for the higher position. Granted, you may not lose your job when a background check reveals a criminal record, but neither will you get the promotion.
You will be free to travel to foreign countries
You may not travel much, so it is possible you are not aware of this. Many countries will look at your criminal record before allowing you into their country. Perhaps you are planning a vacation, but you find out the hard way that one or more of the destination countries for your holiday are barring you from entry. All of this because of something that happened in your past that no longer is a part of who you are. Of course, not all countries are like this. Most of the industrialized nations have some sort of standard. It may only be violent crimes. Sometimes it is a drug charge that they are looking for in your past. There are also standards regarding the time the crime happened in the past. Australia, for example, does not care about anything in your criminal record that was more than 10 years ago. The best thing to do is not gamble on your criminal record and apply for a pardon.
A pardon will help with custody issues
You may be happily married today, but that doesn’t mean you will be forever. A divorce is always a possibility, and if you are single, you may still have issues of child custody at some point in the future. If you have a criminal mark on your record, this can make it difficult to win a custody case. Perhaps you have custody of your child, but an ex-spouse or biological parent decides you are unfit to be a parent. A criminal record makes a case against you seem relevant. A pardon will fix this issue for you.
More information about a Canadian pardon can be found on the internet. One example of this can be found at pardonapplications.ca/articles/get-pardon-canada/.