Waiver to Go to USA

What is a Waiver ?

A Waiver is a pass that will be granted following an application filed with the U.S. authorities. This document allows you to cross the border without the usual consequences of having a criminal record.

A Waiver to Avoid Bad Surprises at the Border :

If you have been recognized or have pleaded guilty to an offense of a criminal nature, it is possible you are denied entry to the U.S. at the border. Whatever the nature of your conviction, access to the United States may be denied. Such a situation can have serious consequences for you, your family, your clients, your employer, etc.

When a custom officer decides to deny you access, he has the power to open a file under your name and take your fingerprints. After this, a waiver is needed to cross the U.S. border.

Pardon or Absolution is not Enough :

The fact that you have been given a conditional or absolute absolution or even a formal suspension of your criminal record (pardon) does not guarantee your entry to our southern neighbors country. Indeed, some procedures must be undertaken before your passage through customs to ensure that your file is in compliance with U.S. requirements. Contact one of our lawyers to make sure you do not have to turn back when you arrive at the border. This measure is valid whether you are traveling by sea, land or air.

Also, it is possible that, despite a criminal conviction there for several years, you have managed to cross the border several times since. However, remember that it does not guarantee that you will not be turned back at the border during your next visit.

As U.S. Custom Officers have discretion to grant entry to the USA in regard to Canadians with a criminal record, a waiver, also called lifting of ban on entry, is an important insurance.

How to Apply for a Waiver ?

Whether it is for holiday or for work, one of our lawyers will handle your case. This way, you are assured that all the necessary documents and all steps have been completed properly. Please note that incomplete application submitted to the competent authorities will be returned and you will be obligated to file a new application. The second application will be treated as a new application and will undergo the same processing times and costs.

Processing time of an application can vary between 3 and 18 months commencing with the receipt of the request at the office of the competent authorities.

Please note that all requests for a criminal record suspension, as well as US Waiver applications are completed by lawyers specialized in the field.

Call us right away at 514-990-3430 to start this important process as soon as possible !

Application for Record Suspension (Pardon)

Article 3 to 4.4 of the Criminal Record Act

The impact of a Criminal Record :

If you have been convicted of a criminal offense, you now have a criminal record. This can have a big impact on your professional life or your private life. Pardon, also called record suspension is a procedure used to clear the criminal record and to act as if you had never committed the offense.

Delay for a Record Suspension :

Depending on the procedure used to prosecute you and the offense that has been committed, a record suspension may be made in 3, 5 or 10 years. If you have faced an absolute discharge, the request may be made after a period of 3 years. If your discharge was conditional , the time of the application will be 5 years . If proceedings against you were summarily , the application may be made ​​within 5 years and the period shall be 10 years in the case of a prosecution by indictment.

Requesting a Record Suspension for Travel :

However, if your main goal is to travel, asking for Pardon is not the right procedure. Refer to our section on the waiver.

How do I apply for a pardon ?


Please note that all requests for a criminal record suspension, as well as US Waiver applications are completed by lawyers specialized in the field.

To obtain a Pardon, please contact us at 514-990-3430 and one of our attorneys will handle your case.

Charge of Threats

How to defense against a Threat Charge ?

Threats sec. 264.1 of the Criminal Code

Transmitting a threat to another person, by any means, is an offense. It must be a threat to cause death or bodily harm, to destroy property or to injure or kill an animal.

Finally, a person who is found guilty of death threats or threats of bodily harm could face up to 5 years in prison.

Defense against a Threat Charge

Our lawyers have the expertise to advise you on the best options for your case.

Different defenses may apply depending on your case to obtain an acquittal or the best possible sentence depending on the circumstances of your case.

Our clients at MC2 Lawyers Inc. have the advantage of being able to obtain the desired results during negotiations, such as an absolute discharge.

Call us at 514-990-3430 to receive our help and advice on your case.


Legalization of Cannabis, and its changes

Legalization of Cannabis, and its changes

It is now permitted to have in your possession 150g of dried cannabis in a residence and 30g of dried cannabis in a public place, with the exception of certain places specified in the Cannabis Act.

It is also allowed, except in Quebec, to grow four cannabis plants per dwelling.

What remains prohibited in Quebec?

– Selling cannabis (except for the SQDC)– Growing your own cannabis – Giving or selling cannabis to minors

– Driving while under the influence of cannabis

Another novelty in this law is the notion of a ticket. For some offenses listed in the Cannabis Act, it is now possible for a peace officer to issue a ticket rather than going through the court process.


What’s the possible action for mediation ?

Legal Action !

Did you think about mediation ?

Whether mediation in civil law, mediation in commercial law or mediation in labor law we can help you resolve your conflict !

Do you face a conflict that would require thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to be taken to court?
Have you though about mediation?

Mediation is an economical and effective way of resolving conflicts that involves an impartial mediator.
The latter intervenes with the parties to help them negotiate a fair and viable agreement that meets everyone’s needs and that is subject to free and informed consent from the parties.

The agreement reached can then be homologated by a judge and can be enforceable in the same way as a judgment rendered by the Court itself.
According to a survey conducted in 2016 by the firm Infras on behalf of the Ministry of Justice : 69% of respondents said they would not have the financial means to defend and assert their rights in Court

It is mainly lawyers’ fees (87%) that would prevent respondents from having the financial means to defend themselves in Court.

Retaining the services of a mediator can resolve more than 8 out of 10 conflicts quickly and effectively without having to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees. The parties involved separate the fees of the mediator between them.

Me Stéphanie Myre, has been practicing law since 1996 and has been a certified mediator by the Barreau du Québec since 2016.

Call us now: 514-990-3430


Process following arrest for drinking and driving

Process conducted by the SAAQ and the administrative tribunal parallel to the judgment by the criminal court.

Decisions in both the criminal and administrative processes can affect your ability to hold a valid driver’s license or to determine how to conduct restricted driving with a breathalyzer. The 2 processes overlap in time, so it is normal to be confused. That is why it is suggested to be accompanied by our lawyers as soon as your arrest occurs.

You have the right to silence and especially to your lawyer!

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Legal Chronicles – Criminal and Penal Law


En cas d’infraction, le permis de conduire est suspendu sur-le-champ pour 90 jours.
Entré en vigueur: 17 Octobre 2018

En prévision de la légalisation du cannabis par le gouvernement du Canada, l’Assemblée nationale du Québec a adopté la Loi encadrant le cannabis et modifiant diverses dispositions en matière de sécurité routière. La Loi introduit notamment la tolérance zéro en matière de drogue au volant en interdisant de conduire un véhicule s’il y a présence détectable de cannabis ou d’une autre drogue dans la salive. En cas d’infraction, le permis de conduire est suspendu sur-le-champ pour 90 jours. Les mesures suivantes entreront en vigueur par décret du gouvernement du Québec à une date ultérieure :

Échec au test salivaire (sur le bord de la route) !
Si un policier soupçonne que vous avez de la drogue dans votre organisme (cannabis ou autre), il pourra vous faire passer un test salivaire. En cas d’échec, en plus de voir votre permis suspendu pour 90 jours, vous recevrez une amende de 300 $ à 600 $ (qui sera doublée s’il s’agit d’une récidive). Les tests salivaires pourront être utilisés lorsqu’ils auront été approuvés et lorsqu’ils seront disponibles.Note : L’échec à ce test suffira pour que l’on vous amène au poste et que l’on vous fasse passer une autre série de tests menés par un agent évaluateur.

Échec aux tests de l’agent évaluateur (au poste) !
Actuellement, si un policier soupçonne que vous avez de la drogue dans votre organisme (cannabis ou autre), il peut d’abord vous soumettre à des épreuves de coordination des mouvements sur le bord de la route. L’échec à ces épreuves suffit pour que l’on vous amène au poste et que l’on vous fasse passer une autre série de tests menés par un agent évaluateur. Note : Une suspension immédiate du permis pour une période de 24 heures est déjà appliquée si vous échouez aux épreuves de coordination des mouvements. La nouvelle loi prévoit une suspension immédiate du permis pour 90 jours si l’agent évaluateur conclut que votre capacité de conduire était affaiblie.
Comme pour l’alcool au volant, en plus des sanctions appliquées sur-le-champ qui sont indiquées ci-dessus, d’autres sanctions seront prévues si vous êtes déclaré coupable en vertu du Code criminel pour une infraction liée à la drogue au volant. La nouvelle loi prévoit également d’autres mesures, comme l’interdiction de consommer de la drogue (cannabis ou autre) dans un véhicule routier, dans un véhicule hors route ou à vélo. Pour en savoir plus, consultez le site Web Encadrement du cannabis au Québec

Gouvernement du Québec, 2018 SAAQ


Costs related to impaired driving.

Here are the costs related to impaired driving.


Subject to change. Other fees and costs may apply in addition to those listed below, such as court fees, a contribution to the crime victims compensation program (IVAC), etc.

Minimum fine (Criminal Code) $1,000.00
Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving – Summary assessment $300.00 (+ taxes)
Program to assess and reduce the risk of impaired driving – Comprehensive assessment (if the summary assessment is unfavourable) $710.00 (+ taxes)
Alcofrein program (if the summary assessment is favourable) $150.00
Alcohol ignition interlock device – Installation fees $160.00 (+ taxes)
Alcohol ignition interlock device – Monthly rental fees $100.00 (+ taxes)
Alcohol ignition interlock device – Removal of the device and closure of the file $50.00 (+ taxes)
Costs to obtain a new licence (depending on whether it is a 1st, 2nd or 3rd offence or more within 10 years) $300.00 to $400.00
Fine for driving during a penalty period imposed under the Highway Safety Code $1,500.00 to $3,000.00, in addition to the cost of a 30-day or 90-day (depending on the situation) seizure and impoundment of the vehicle

Total cost of a first offence: A minimum of $1,750.00, in addition to the following numerous inconveniences and variable expenses:

  • Criminal record
  • Lawyer fees
  • Increased personal automobile insurance premiums

Properly Preparing for the SAAQ Summary Assessment

What is the SAAQ Summary Assessment ?

Following criminal charges for drinking and driving, the Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ) will automatically suspend your driver’s licenses for 90 days.

After this suspension, you may be required to undergo a summary risk assessment to re-obtain your driver’s license during the Court proceedings.

Failure to attend this assessment or a non-favourable outcome will automatically result in an extension of the suspension being applied to your driver’s license. This period can range anywhere between 9 to 18 months.


Receiving a Non-Favourable Summary Assessment Outcome :

In the event that the summary assessment is not favourable, you will have to pass a second assessment: the comprehensive assessment of the risk of re-offending. This has serious financial consequences and may lead to an extension of the suspension already in place.


How to Prepare for the SAAQ Summary Assessment :

Do not wait to fail your summary assessment ! Contact an experienced MC2 Lawyers Inc. to prepare you for this assessment.

With such preparations, you will avoid many worries.


Appealing a Non-Favourable Summary Assessment :

In the event of a non-favourable result to your summary assessment, you have a short delay to appeal this decision.

Quickly contact an experience lawyer at MC2 Lawyer Inc. at 514-990-3430 to validate whether you are eligible for such a procedure and if so, to begin the necessary steps.