Everyone wants a pardon done right away but no one gets started on a pardon before it’s really necessary. Why is this? I don’t have an answer I can back up with anything other than personal opinion.
I think people wait to get a pardon because of human nature. We are good at procrastinating and we are skilled at ignoring the things in our life that we don’t want to deal with. An arrest, and a trip through the court system, is emotional and traumatic. So when it’s done the last thing most people want to think about is the criminal record they now have. Of course some just forget or don’t care until it’s too late.
Human nature in this sense is understandable but it allows some of my competitors to take advantage of potential clients by promising things that can’t be promised. So here are a few things you should know. Hopefully it will help if you find yourself in a situation where a sales agent is just telling you what you want to hear.
1. Under no circumstances can time frames be guaranteed by a pardon service provider.
2. A pardon application involves several steps with each step having the potential for backlog.
3. Each step leaves the service provider at the mercy of the government agency handling the request. In other words, the time it takes to complete each step is out of our hands more often than not.
4. The Parole Board is backed up as a result of the Conservative’s misguided crime legislation and there is nothing that can be done about this. No service provider can offer you a grandfather clause.
5. Anyone guaranteeing you a pardon in a certain number of months is just telling you what you want to hear.
At the National Pardon Centre we provide estimates. We do our best to provide accurate estimates based on current processing times but it is not possible to accurately predict how long every file will take.
If you are concerned about how long a pardon will take the only really good rule of thumb is the age old wisdom most of heard from our parents long ago. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
At the time of writing the National Pardon Centre is quoting 10 – 12 months start to finish for an expedited pardon. I personally consider that time frame an honest estimate but, unfortunately it cannot be guaranteed. I prefer to be honest in this business because a pardon is too important to be giving people false hope.
If you have more questions on time frames or anything else involving pardons, waivers or fingerprinting give us a call at the National Pardon Centre. One thing I can promise is that you are going to speak to an honest counselor who is not just trying to make a sale. That much I guarantee.
866.242.2411 x 227