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Travelling To Canada? Not So Fast My Friend

Posted by Andrew Coiner | Jul 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

If you are planning a work or business trip to Canada, your plans may come to a sudden stop if you have been convicted of a DUI. In an excellent blog post by attorney Jonathan Blecher of Miami, Florida, he explains Canada's reasoning for stopping those convicted of an American DUI before crossing the border. 

Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act makes certain individuals with criminal records inadmissible. Individuals, including American citizens, who were convicted of a criminal offense that could be prosecuted as a felony in Canada are not allowed to enter Canada. Canada, like the United States, has criminal offenses which can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. In America, DUIs can be either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the number of prior offenses and whether anyone was injured or killed in the DUI incident. 

If you have been convicted of a DUI in the United States and seek admission into Canada you may be able to use one of three possible solutions: (1) Criminal Rehabilitation -- if five years have passed since the completion of your DUI sentence, you can apply for rehabilitation; (2) Rehabilitation Due To Time -- if it has been over 10 years since you have completed your sentence and have no other record of criminal activity, you will be considered rehabilitated because of the passage of time; and (3) Temporary Resident Permit -- if you seek a short term visit because of an urgent matter or exceptional circumstances, for instance, birth of a baby or for medical treatment, you may be able to receive a Temporary Resident Permit. 

You also might want to consider having your prior DUI expunged. For more information on expungement, contact my office in Paducah, Kentucky at (270) 442-9268 for a free case evaluation. 

About the Author

Andrew Coiner

I have been representing people accused of crimes and victims of the negligence of others in Paducah since 1994.  Before opening my Paducah office, I worked in two large Kentucky law firms.  Working for large law firms made me realize I'd rather help a person injured in a car wreck caused by another driver's negligence than work for the negligent driver's insurance company. I served two Kentucky governors in economic development positions.  I am proud to have created jobs for the working men and women of Kentucky.  Before working in economic development, I served a stint as a legislative liaison and a special prosecutor in the Kentucky Attorney General's office. Before my legal career, I worked in a drug store, hardware, as a ditch digger and as a newspaper reporter.  I worked my way through Ashland Community College, Marshall University and the University Of Kentucky College Of Law. I handle criminal and personal injury cases in the western Kentucky counties of McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Marshall, Hickman, Graves, Livingston, Crittenden, Fulton, Caldwell and Lyon.  I also represent clients in the United States District Courts, Eastern and Western District of Kentucky, including Paducah, Fort Campbell and Owensboro.  I have also successfully represented clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati,Ohio.   I have been honored by my peers with Martindale Hubbell's prestigious AV rating for achieving and maintaining very high ethical conduct and preeminent legal ability. I have also been selected by my peers as a Kentucky Super Lawyer. Kentucky Monthly magazine selected me as one of the top attorneys in Kentucky. The National Trial Lawyers selected me as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. If you are facing federal or state criminal charges or have been injured because of someone's negligence, call me for an honest evaluation of your case.  If you've got a great case, I'll tell you.  If you got a case with problems, I'll tell you that too.  I will put my reputation, experience and expertise to work for you.  Your case deserves the attention of an experienced trial lawyer.  


Dave Walthour Reply

Posted Jul 30, 2016 at 19:00:59

Great article – and great work you do!

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