Hiring a criminal lawyer to prepare a Canadian pardon application

By September 12, 2016 Pardon 3 Comments

A common misconception is that a lawyer can better help you navigate the application process for a Canadian pardon. This is simply not true and may, in many cases, even slow your application for a pardon down.

A law degree for a pardon is simply not needed since the application process is designed to be done on the applicants own initiative. However, like many government processes the procedures are not straight forward. On the contrary, they are constantly changing so the requirements for a pardon one year may not be the same the following year. It is therefore very important to know what you are doing and to review the application procedures thoroughly before getting started.

The other problem with hiring a lawyer is that lawyers tend to be very expensive. They will charge hourly rates to prepare an application that they are most likely unfamiliar with. After all, a lawyer who spends his/her days preparing pardon applications is not actually practicing law.

The alternative to preparing your pardon application on your own and to hiring a lawyer to do it is to hire a private services agency like the National Pardon Centre.

The challenge with this is finding a reliable provider. We pride ourselves on offering an excellent service at a competitive price but we are not the only ones offering this service so it may be tough to know who to trust.

Bear in mind that in the past few years almost 50% of pardon services providers have gone out of business. So you need to do your research and make sure that you pick a well established company that is not going to take your money and vanish.

If you are thinking of applying for a pardon please consider giving us a call. Or if you in the Montreal or Toronto area we strongly suggest coming to our office for a free consultation. Since it is so important to make sure you are hiring a reputable firm, being able to come see us in person will go a long way to putting your mind at east.

If you are looking for a reliable way to have your pardon application prepared for you and you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a please give us a call.

Michael Ashby

514.842.2411 x 227
mashby@nationalpardon.org

About Michael Ashby

Michael Ashby is Co-Founder and Communications Director for the National Pardon Centre. Get in touch with Michael by sending an email to mashby@nationalpardon.org or calling extension 227.Michael Ashby est le co-fondateur et le directeur des communications au Centre du Pardon national. Contactez Michael par email au mashby@nationalpardon.org ou par téléphone au poste 227.

3 Comments

  • Bob Parlette says:

    In 1997 09 12 Brampton Ont . I was charged with more than 80 mgs of alcohol in blood sec 253 (B) cc . I would like to know how long I would have to wait to apply for a pardon , and how much would it cost to do this. Can this be done on line or must I appear in person at some location in Toronto area were I live’ Thanks Bob Parlette

  • Michael says:

    Hi Bob,

    A pardon takes anywhere from a few months in rare cases to over a year. DUI usually falls on the quicker side though. Cost is $695 for our service fee + $631 to the Government of Canada + about $50 to your local police station. You can easily apply by clicking the following link or the red button in the header.

    https://nationalpardon.org/apply-online-pardon-canada/

    If you have any other questions please let me know.

    Kind regards,

    Michael
    mashby@nationalpardon.org
    ext. 227

  • Heather says:

    Hi there. If a person was 18 and charged with mischief (he got into a fight and put a hole in drywall) paid the $80 and 6 month probation. No further trouble and is now 37 and to have any contracts with the DND he needs a pardon. A0 would that show up if he had a pardon, B) how long would it take for that kind of pardon c) price please. Thank you very much

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