Many people have made mistakes in their life. They might have committed a crime when they were very young and foolish. Having a criminal record is something that can haunt you forever. It can prevent you from getting a job or accepted into a good school. It can also seriously limit your ability to travel to foreign countries. There is no reason why people who have only committed a single crime that was very small should have that one mistake ruin the rest of their life. Fortunately, people in Canada have the ability to apply for a pardon. A pardon does not completely erase your criminal record. The crime will still be there. However, the crime will be removed from the criminal database that is visible to the public. In other words, it will appear as if you have no criminal record to anyone performing a background check on you. Receiving a pardon can be a very complicated process. Obviously, not every person will be able to qualify. Here is how you can go about hiring a company that specializes in helping people in Canada receive a pardon.
1. How long has the company been in business? How many previous clients have they helped to receive pardons?
It is important for you to know exactly who you will be dealing with if you hire a company to assist you with your pardon application. Therefore, you should avoid getting involved with a company that does not have an established track record. There are many fly-by-night companies in Canada that will be happy to take your money. Unfortunately, they will provide you with an application that will not put you in a good position to get your pardon approved. Some people deal with these shady companies because of their low prices. However, you always get what you pay for. It will be worth it to pay some extra money to get help from an experienced and qualified company that has helped thousands of people to get a fresh start where their criminal records are concerned. Ideally, you should only do business with a company that has been helping Canadians with their pardon applications for no less than 10 years.
2. Talk to people you know who have received pardons.
You can get some valuable advice about companies that offer pardon services by talking to people who have already been through this process. Do you have any friends, family members or work colleagues who have been pardoned? If this is the case, you will be able to learn from their mistakes. You would be wise to talk to these people at length and find out everything you can about their experience. Ask them how they found the company that helped prepare their pardon application. How long did the process take? How much did it cost? Did the company stay in constant contact to keep them informed of developments in their case? Would they recommend that you hire the same company to help you with your pardon application? If the answer is yes, get the name and contact info for the company.
3. Set up appointments with various companies to discuss how they will help you prepare a pardon application so it has a great chance of getting approved.
You should never choose a company at random to help you with your pardon application. You will need to meet with a representative from the various companies you are interested in. The person you meet with will give you a detailed description of how the company will go about handling your case. You can also feel free to ask any questions you have during these meetings. You will then have a much better sense of how the companies can help you. It will be much easier for you to narrow down your list and make a decision about the company you will hire.
4. What will the company charge for their services?
You should definitely shop around in order to find out how much the various companies will make you pay if you decide to hire them. However, the price should not be the only factor you use to make your decision.