Area of Law: Criminal Records | Pardons & USA Waivers
Answer # 2169
What are the benefits of a Purge?Region: Ontario Answer # 2169
As with destructions, there are many benefits of having a criminal discharge record purged. Being able to provide a clear police records report often affects the most important aspects of a person’s life. With a purge:
- an RCMP records check will no longer show the information,
- the American officials will not be able to access the information from the RCMP, providing that the U.S.A. did not have a copy of this information prior to the purge.
If the discharge is also destroyed (or sealed) at the local police service, some further benefits are:
- a local police records check will no longer show the charge,
- police information that is destroyed can never resurface.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, refer to our criminal law section.
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