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What is a criminal record A criminal record is a document that lists a persons criminal and penal convictions pronounced by the courts of Canada in accordance with federal laws such as the Criminal Code of Canada However violating a traffic rule of the Quebec Highway Safety Code is not a criminal offence and would not result in a criminal record In fact offences to provincial penal laws do not result in criminal records How can a criminal record affect my everyday living There are several disadvantages to having a criminal record A criminal record may harm your chances of getting a job in certain fields eg jobs related to security finance etc A criminal record may cause serious hassles while traveling In fact to obtain a visa to enter some countries you must prove that you do not have a criminal record For example the United States will deny entry to tourists or immigrants who have criminal records for some criminal offences polygamy prostitution drug trafficking spying etc If you have a criminal record and you are convicted of another crime you will most likely be punished more severely than a person who does not have any previous convictions A criminal record may prevent you from joining a professional order from obtaining licenses or permits or from getting certain insurance policies Can I get a pardon The law stipulates that after a specified period of time any person convicted of one or more offences to a federal law can apply for a pardon
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