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Frequently Asked Questions

 I was not sentenced to jail - why should I bother to appeal?
If you have been found guilty of a criminal offence, you have a criminal record. Convictions for criminal charges are kept in police databases and will limit your options in life. It is not the same as a driving record if, for example, you have ever had a speeding ticket and paid a fine. A criminal record will prevent you from getting certain types of jobs. You will encounter difficulty travelling outside of Canada.
Even if these considerations don’t mean much to you today, your record is for life (unless you later qualify for and obtain a pardon) and most of us cannot predict what the future holds. Don’t find yourself being denied opportunities because of a criminal conviction that you could have, but didn’t challenge when you had the chance.