You can easily find yourself unable to find employment, be educated, or travel easily upon contracting a DUI. Once you have been convicted, you can expect to encounter all manner of staunch penalties which will dog you for the remainder of your existence. Impaired driving is a very serious matter in Canada. The massive increase in police-reported incidents to do with drunken or drugged driving has resulted in a 5% decrease in incidence following 2014.
While many will not regard drunken driving as being on the same level of severity as a violent assault, is regardless still a conviction, which can warp the probability of you being able to return to an education or the viability of receiving a loan. That being said, the Canadian government can provide the opportunity for one to reset their criminal record.
What was once known as a Pardon – which is now called a “Record Suspension” will bring you much freedom you didn’t think was attainable. You can have peace of mind knowing that DUIs just happen to be the number one most pardoned Canadian offence. Let us now look at just what the erasure of a DUI can provide.
Increased Job Opportunities
Young people will struggle greatly to advance their careers upon receiving a DUI. This is something which can take them out of the job market before they have even entered it. Most companies will perform background checks on potential candidates, generally omitting those with criminal records, and most will not permit the opportunity of a promotion if you are already employed and happened to be convicted. The following careers will not even permit you entry based on a DUI conviction: law enforcement, nursing, banking, security, and teaching.
You may even find that the causes which you are passionate for and would like to volunteer for are being blocked. A Pardon will greatly improve your chances of finding gainful employments, and increase your happiness in general through financial independence.
More Travel Opportunities
You will not have as much freedom to travel abroad with a DUI conviction on your passport. Although you will be able to travel to the USA, you may be denied entry by a border guard. Many other places beyond the USA and Mexico across the world may indeed be skeptical regarding your entrance to their country.
Being able to Rent A Home Easily
While requesting to see the criminal record of a potential tenant is a morally ambiguous question, it can be easily understood as to why someone may feel uncomfortable leasing a property to a former criminal. Although you will not be forced to provide a landlord with a screening of your criminal record, you will generally have to provide them with it to have permission to live under their roof, even if it is unethical to reject someone based on their refusal to withstand a background check, it is hard to prove that was the sole reason for your rejection.