Can I become a Canadian citizen if I have criminal charges or get a criminal record?

>>>Can I become a Canadian citizen if I have criminal charges or get a criminal record?

picture of a gavelCriminal charges, or a criminal record, may impact your ability to become a Canadian citizen. You will not be eligible for Canadian citizenship if you have been convicted of a “serious crime,” meaning an offence where the maximum sentence is 10 years or more in prison, or if the actual sentence received is greater than six months in prison. You may also be ineligible for Canadian citizenship if you have been convicted of two minor criminal offences stemming from separate incidents. If you receive a record suspension for a conviction, or if your conviction is overturned and an acquittal is entered on appeal, you may be eligible for Canadian citizenship.

You cannot obtain Canadian citizenship while you are facing outstanding charges for an indictable offence. You also cannot obtain Canadian citizenship if you have been convicted of an indictable offence within four years prior to your application.

If you are concerned about how criminal charges or a criminal record will affect your citizenship application, it is recommended that you speak with a criminal defence lawyer to assist you in defending against the allegations. It is further advisable for you to consult with an immigration lawyer regarding the impact any potential outcome to your charges may have on your immigration application.

For specific information regarding your claim, please select the location that’s closest to you.

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All our 30-60 minute free consultations are conducted with one of our Criminal Defence Lawyers and include the following steps:

  1. Gathering of some personal information about you, such as your level of education, occupation, and citizenship status. This information can be crucial for building your defence and seeking a resolution with the Crown Prosecutor;
  2. Careful review of all documents you received from the police. We will explain what each document is, and what you can expect from and need to do for all upcoming appearances;
  3. Critical review of your recollection of events, and any supporting materials you choose to bring with you. This step helps us identify possible defences and avenues for further investigation; and
  4. Discussion of the court process, our fee structure, and what we can do to help.

Beyond these steps, we would be happy to tell you more about us, and answer any questions you may have. If you chose to retain us to help you, we will immediately provide an overview of what steps we plan to take next, and suggestions as to what you should do to improve your chances of a successful outcome.

For the free initial consultation to be as productive as possible, you should bring (or email in advance) the following materials:

  • A written statement (preferably typed) outlining your version of events;
  • All documents that you have been given by the court or by the police;
  • Any disclosure you have received;
  • Photo ID; and
  • Any supporting documents, such as photographs, emails, texts, phone records, medical records, receipts, etc.

Ideally, you will have prepared a copy of these materials for us to keep, but if not, we can always photocopy them during the consultation.

We offer flexible payment options and structures designed to meet our clients’ individual needs. Our lawyers accept all major credit cards, bank drafts, money orders, email money transfers (e-transfers) and, of course, cash.

If you decide to retain us after the free initial consultation, all we need is a retainer (down payment) to get started. The rest of the fee payments for the case can be spaced out over time. We can set you up on a monthly or bi-monthly payment plan, and process payments over the telephone or by email to make it easy for you.

The cost of a criminal defence lawyer will depend on several factors, including:

  1. how complex your case is,
  2. how serious the charges are, and
  3. how experienced the Criminal Defence lawyer is.

The fees of a competent Criminal Defence Lawyer will typically range into the thousands of dollars. The good news is that only a fraction of that amount is due initially. We offer flexible payment schedules so thefees can be paid in monthly installments.

Additionally, we offer flat rate fees, with no hidden costs. It is our standard practice to review all the costs during the free initial consultation. This means you will know exactly what our services cost at the outset and can make an informed decision about how to proceed.