When facing criminal charges, it’s important to understand that there are not only direct consequences, such as a criminal sentence and monetary fine, but also collateral consequences. One such collateral consequence is difficulty traveling to Canada. Canada reserves the right to deny entry to anyone with a criminal history, and DUI/OVWI convictions are considered serious criminality, regardless of the time passed since the conviction. To gain entry, one may apply for criminal rehabilitation, which involves showing that they lead a stable lifestyle and are unlikely to be involved in any further criminal activity. Additionally, if someone has a pending case, they may be denied entry even in the absence of a conviction. It’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist in navigating these unanticipated repercussions and plan ahead for potential travel restrictions.


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