Please find information below information surrounding a record destruction, what it means to have a peace bond, how to clear your record, and how we at Canada Pardon Group can help.
There are 3 kinds of police record checks:
a criminal record check
a criminal record and judicial matters check
a vulnerable sector record check
A peace bond won't appear on your criminal record. It will appear on your criminal record and judicial matters check and vulnerable sector record check for as long as it is in effect.
Criminal record checks
A peace bond doesn't appear on your criminal record. And, entering into a peace bond doesn’t give you a criminal record. One of the reasons you may agree to a peace bond is to avoid a criminal record or conviction.
But, be aware if you don’t follow the conditions of your peace bond, you may be charged with a criminal offence. If you're found guilty, you could go to jail, and get a criminal record.
Criminal record and judicial matters checks and vulnerable sector record checks
Both criminal record and judicial matters checks and vulnerable sector record checks include outstanding entries, such as active peace bonds. Details about active peace bonds are stored on the national Canadian Police Information Computer (CPIC) database.
While the peace bond is active it is called an outstanding entry. The police can access this information during investigations. They are allowed to arrest anyone who breaks any of the conditions while the peace bond is active.
When the peace bond expires, it should not be included in either a criminal record and judicial matters check or a vulnerable sector record check.
Removal of your peace bond record
A peace bond appears on criminal record and judicial matters checks and vulnerable sector record checks until it expires. Most peace bonds last for 1 year.
Ask for your fingerprint records and police photo to be destroyed
If you entered into a peace bond that has expired, ask the police to destroy your police photo and any fingerprint records. Most peace bonds last for 1 year.
Having fingerprint records and a police photo on file can affect your life. It's important that you ask if these records can be destroyed.
You must ask the local police agency where you were charged. They only consider your request to have your fingerprint records and photos destroyed if:
you don't have any criminal convictions
you don't have any outstanding charges
you were 18 years or older on the date of your arrest
The police will not destroy your records until after the peace bond expires. If the court decides to stay your charges, you must wait a year before you can apply to have your records destroyed.
How Canada Pardon Group can Help
Call or email us today to review your scenario and eligibility. This will give us a better direction as to how we should proceed and what resources will be required.
Canada Pardon Group will also act as a third party representative to contact arresting police departments on your behalf to obtain your record destruction, or information pertaining to it. We find that police agencies have less push back when a representative calls vs. a citizen.