The Canadian federal government has the power to pardon an individual’s crimes. The power to pardon applies only to convictions for federal offenses and also encompasses military court-martial. This article presents to you an insight into the pardon powers of the federal government, the limitations it holds, and its benefits.

When can a pardon be granted?

In Canada pardon may be granted to persons who are a conviction for a federal crime, after having served the sentence and proving that they can be law-abiding citizens. Pardon absolves the person of guilt under the law as if they never performed the criminal act in question. Pardon is usually granted as mercy in cases where the person shows exceptionally good behavior and repays their “debt to the society”. It may also be granted if new evidence surfaces after wrongful conviction, which absolves the wrongfully convicted individual of guilt.

How does it help?

Having a criminal case on your record can work against you in multiple ways. Firstly, if you are seeking a job it can be a major hindrance. It can affect the granting of custody of one’s children, and even stop them from traveling abroad. From these reasons and various others, many citizens who have been convicted of federal charges can try and appeal for a pardon from the federal government.

The ACLS hosts a team of professionals lawyers who are highly experienced in applying for pardons from the federal government. Contact us and we will help you be absolved of any federal criminal charges, if qualified.