Convictioins vs non convictions


These are a common part of criminal sentences but they’re a bit different from other sentences. A prohibition order requires someone to refrain from doing a specific activity or being in possession of certain types of property.

For example, someone convicted of impaired driving is likely to be prohibited from driving a vehicle for a period of time. And someone convicted of a weapons offence may be prohibited from owning weapons of any kind.

Prohibition orders often last a long time. Someone charged with illegal possession of a weapon may be prohibited from owning weapons for ten years or more and someone convicted of repeated and serious impaired driving offences may be prohibited from driving for life.

Fortunately, prohibition orders are not considered part of a sentence for the purposes of obtaining a Pardon / Record Suspension. If you’ve been given a prohibition order, you do not need to wait until it is complete before applying for a Record Suspension. On the other hand, a prohibition order will remain in effect even after a Record Suspension has been granted, so someone legally prohibited from driving for life will still be unable to drive after their pardon has been granted.

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 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 ou par téléphone au poste 227.


  • William Hunter says:

    Great we should be able to start. How much does it cost. No involvement with police for 17 years and then accused of other thhlings. In Meaford Ontario. Could explain why I was so in need of police help.

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