Travel Limitations After A DUI Conviction


How Is Someone’s Ability To Travel To Canada Affected If They Are Convicted Of A DUI?

Travel to Canada is a very real problem after a DUI conviction. In these cases, you’re only talking about misdemeanors. Entry to every country could be affected by a felony conviction. For misdemeanors, Canada bars the entry of anyone convicted in a criminal offense. This would, of course, include a conviction for a DUI in the U.S.

There is a way around this by applying for an exemption through the Canadian Embassy. You can do that and ask to apply for entry into Canada. However, before a person can do that, they must comply with all the consequences that would come from the sentence.

For example, if it’s “guilty” of DUI and they have to comply with all the court says, they have to comply with. In addition to that, they would have to comply with the interlock device, maintain that on the vehicle for the time period required before they can even apply for this exemption for travel to Canada. In short, Canada is very serious about barring people from applying.

There have been very interesting cases where a DUI conviction can cause problems travelling to Canada. People may want to travel for personal reasons, to visit their old and ill parents, or to attend a relative’s funeral. It could be anything. They may face problems in these scenarios.

Another example could be of a sales representative who has to travel a lot. The company could be based in Canada, with their local representatives travelling to the US. The representative may occasionally be required to visit their office in Canada. However, if they are not able to do that because of a conviction, they may lose their job.

Another possibility could be of flight attendants and this happens quite often. If a flight attendant would be flying to a Canadian city as part of their employment, they would be barred from entering Canada. As soon as they get there, they would be required to turn around and come back. Many individuals are also barred from entry into Canada if they want to attend business meetings. They may be at the border, and they may be stopped from getting in. These are all very serious consequences of a DUI conviction as it pertains to travel to Canada and it is a very real problem.

Can People Apply For An Exemption?

There is a way to apply for an exemption. Taking the example of a truck driver who had to drive to Canada. He had a soliciting an act of prostitution on his record in Phoenix. The attorneys tried to get a motion to set aside the conviction, if that would help, but the court records were so old that the court didn’t even have a record. The motion could not be made. When he got to the border, the Canadian Immigration authorities had it on their records, so he was barred from entering into Canada.

Such convictions don’t go away with time, even if it happened 10 or 15 years ago. You have to go through an involved procedure with the Canadian embassy in order to get permission. In case it’s a felony, there is no point even applying because you’re just not going to get in.

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