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Tips for Traveling Abroad With a DUI Conviction

This upcoming summer provides many opportunities for weekend getaways and extensive travel. In order to make your experience go as smoothly as possible make sure you have all the necessary documents and information when planning a trip abroad. One important thing to remember is that holding a criminal record may bar you from visiting some nations. A DUI is a criminal charge and certain countries will not let you enter their borders if you have a DUI on your record. This simple mistake can render you criminally inadmissible to foreign nations.

In order to not let travel opportunities pass you by, it is important to have all the information before making plans. According the United States Department of State, Canada is one of the nations that does not allow U.S. citizens with a DUI conviction across their boarders without first obtaining a special waiver. Canadian law is more severe than American law for first time offenders, as according to their laws a first time offender must pay $ 1000 fee and are subject to a 12 month driving suspension. A DUI is considered a felony in Canada whereas in the United States a first time offense is a misdemeanor.

The Department of Canadian Citizenship and Immigration also advises travelers that those who were convicted of a criminal offense may not be able to receive a waiver to enter their country for travel purposes. Their laws require at least five years to have passed before you can submit an application for pardon. Ten years to have passed before a pardon can be issued without an application but the individual must have been convicted of only one offense. The process of applying for a pardon is extensive and requires you to work with a Canadian immigration representative as well pay a $ 200-$ 1000 application fee depending on the severity of the crime.

If you have been convicted of criminal activity that is classified as a misdemeanor, it may be considered a felony in Canada. While not all nations have such restrictive rules regarding entrance into their borders, if you have been convicted of a DUI or have been charged with any other crime that is a misdemeanor traveling abroad may be more difficult for you. Getting a pardon is an extensive and time consuming process, your travel plans may be put on hold with the time it takes to get a pardon. Do not let a DUI drastically interrupt your life!

Attorney Charles R. Green is a Kansas City DUI attorney who aggressively fights for the freedom of his clients, as well as their criminal record and their reputation. His firm can help you if you have been recently charged with a DUI. Since 1993, they have been aggressively defending individuals who have been criminally charged, including those facing an arrest for suspected drunk driving. He holds licenses to practice law in both Missouri and Kansas and may provide you with options or chance to reduce the damage. To learn more about how he can help, do not hesitate to call today or visit his website.

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Question by tony: Do you know the procedure to get a pardon for inadmissability for DUI in Canada?
I have a temporary resident permit at this time but over 5 years has passed and I believe I can get a pardon from the Canadian government.

I saw this somewhere but I can’t find the site.

Can you help?

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Issac Toussie On Traveling While Pregnant

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Many pregnant women wonder if is safe for them to travel on an airplane. For most women flying is absolutely safe. Still, before you plan any trips, speak to your doctor and make sure he gives you the okay. If you are having a healthy pregnancy your doctor will usually is it is not a problem to fly. For those women who are considered a high risk pregnancy, the doctor may tell them to hold off until after delivery.

While some people think that housing, government, politics, entertainment, mortgages, banking, philosophy, and religion are among the most interesting subjects of intellectual discussion I believe that the care and education we have about our children and the birth and development of our children, may rank even higher. I, Isaac Robert Toussie, believe that children are our future, and if you pardon my expression, I believe they represent the greatest miracle G-d has ever given us.

The safest time to travel would be during your second trimester. It when the risk of miscarriage is dramatically decreased. It is also too early to worry about going into to early labor. Flying in your third trimester is not recommended because of the risk of going into labor early and being far away from your doctor.

Before you get on the plane make sure to eat a healthy meal. You never know if the flight will be delayed or how long it would take to get the meal on the plane. While on the airplane it is important to drink lots of water to ensure that you stay hydrated. It is also good to get up and move. About every half hour to an hour you should stand up and walk around the isles a bit. This helps the circulation in your legs. When you are sitting you can also do some stretches, like wiggle your toes and flex your legs. You can even take off your shoes and get comfortable. You should also make sure that what you’re wearing is loose and comfortable. You do not want to wear anything to tight that may make you uncomfortable.

When traveling by car, you should still do many of the same things. Make sure to stop and the rest-stops at least every hour. You need to walk around for circulation and you will probably need to use the bathroom. It is not good to hold it in so go as soon as you can find a restroom. Make sure to bring lots of snacks and drinks. You can also bring a cushion or a pillow for your seat to make sure it is extra comfortable. I don’t recall the extent of President George Bush’s or President Obama’s campaign focus on children and issues concerning children but future presidents would surely be praised for focusing on children during their campaigns and later during their presidential tenures.

This writing has been posted strictly for informational and human interest purposes only, not for medical or for advisory purposes and was written by a lay person. The reader should not rely upon the validity of any of the information contained herein. The reader is urged to consult doctors, nutritionists, and other medical professionals when seeking advice about babies, children, science, human physiology and the like.

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This article was submitted by Isaac Toussie to provide some helpful information on Pregnancy. Keep an eye out for more Isaac Toussie articles to come!

Traveling to the United States more and more difficult for Canadians with Criminal Records

If you have been following the news lately, flights to the U.S. from Canadian airports came crashing to a halt with news of the terrorist plot on Christmas Day. With each new terrorist plot uncovered and thwarted, the U.S. border and airport security are becoming more and more vigilent, and rightfully so. No one wants to witness the horrors of another September 11th type attack.

Unfortunately, the increased scrutiny at the border has had a few consequences. Much of the press on the matter has focused on the potential effect of increased border security on trade between Canada and the United States. The focus on trade is not unexpected. As of October, trade between the two countries totaled 351.31 Billion USD in 2009. Any security policy which hinders the exchange of goods across the border threatens the economic livelihood of both countries.

However, one of the less-observed consequences of the ever-tightening security on U.S. bound flights and border crossings is the effect on certain Canadians traveling to the United States.

The issue is criminal records, particularly old, minor offences such as theft and simple possession. Over 3 million Canadians have a criminal record of some form or another.

The United States has always had immigration laws prohibiting entry by people with past criminal records; however the laws were only loosely enforced prior to the 9/11.

Now, as border guards and customs officers do their due diligence on travelers, when the criminal record pops up on screen, they are forced to detain and process the unsuspecting Canadian traveler. Even for a 30 year old pot charge, a Canadian citizen can be forced through a 3 to 4 hour ordeal, including being fingerprinted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.

Fortunately, there are solutions available to Canadian travelers with criminal records. If they have not yet been denied entry, they can apply for a Canadian pardon. If they have already been denied entry, they will need a U.S. Entry Waiver. Although these legal applications are complex, they can be obtained through a legal service such as Express Pardons for a nominal fee.


Jared Church is a voting member of the Paralegal Society of Canada, and a leading expert in the field of Canadian Pardons, U.S. Entry Waivers, criminal record systems, and similar legal matters in Canada. Feel free to Email Jared your questions at For more information on the author’s Pardon Society of Canada and Better Business Bureau accredited firm, visit

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Traveling to the United States with a Canadian Criminal Record

Aug 28, 2008: Attorney Tamara Holder interviewed by Zoraida Sambolin about your options if your child has (or you have) a criminal record in illinois. If you have ever been arrested, you have a record, even if the case was dismissed from court. Once you have been fingerprinted, you have a record and you must seek expungement, sealing or pardon to clear the record.
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Probably the most frequently asked question I receive on a daily basis is whether someone can travel to the U.S. with a criminal record in Canada.

If you have been pondering this question for yourself or for a family member, the answer depends on a couple of key issues.

Most criminal offences, but not all, will get you denied entry into the United States

For the most part, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents (those not-entirely friendly Americans tasked with protecting the U.S. borders) frown on anyone entering the U.S. with a criminal past. However, whether your past crimes get you outright denied, or just hassled unnecessarily, depends on the type of conviction(s) you have.

Not all criminal offences are considered grounds for inadmissibility according to U.S. Immigration law. The U.S. considers any crime that involved “Moral Turpitude” to be grounds for inadmissibility. A crime of “Moral Turpitude” is a crime which demonstrates the potential lack of moral character of the person who commits such an offence. 

Generally speaking, a minor crime of passion or poor decision making, such as a domestic assault or drinking and driving, will not constitute Moral Turpitude. 

Crimes of theft and fraud, crimes of a sexual nature, crimes involving significant physical violence and any crimes involving drugs, all constitute grounds for inadmissibility into the United States.

 But what if I have been traveling to the U.S. for years without being denied?

Many Canadians I deal with on a daily basis have been traveling to the United States for years with their criminal record and assumed that meant their criminal record was not an issue.

Unfortunately, this is not the case. Although it has long been the policy of the U.S. to forbid entry by Canadians with criminal records, U.S border guards would rarely check. When they did see a record, they would often make a personal judgment about the traveler in question, and would waive them through, usually not even bringing the matter to the attention of the traveler.

However, everything changed with 9/11. After the September 11th terrorist attacks, the focus on border security increased dramatically, and many Canadians with old criminal records have suffered the consequences.

Do I need a Pardon or U.S. Entry Waiver?

If you have a criminal record and intend on traveling to the United States, you need to apply for either a pardon or a U.S. entry waiver.

Which one you require, depends on your circumstances.

The first thing you need to know is that the U.S.  Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) does not recognize a Canadian Pardon. If they are already aware of your criminal record, you must apply for an entry waiver, specifically known as an I-192 Application for Advanced Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant.

You should always apply for a pardon for your criminal record in Canada, for many reasons, but it will not get you into the U.S. once you have been denied entry. Why? Because when the U.S. sees your criminal record on CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre), to which they have negotiated access, they will copy your record to their system. If you then apply for a

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