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Drug Offences: Travel to USA

So will you have any trouble traveling to the US if you have a drug offense on your record? The answer is there’s no hard and fast rule. You can be denied for any reason, however there are certain offenses that will more likely result in you being denied than not, and that’s drug offenses are one, and the other are a category of offense that US homeland security calls a crime of moral turpitude, a crime that involves some type of moral wrong, so you know sexual assault or crimes of dishonesty that type of thing. So a drug offense will more likely than not result in you being denied at the border. I would suggest to any clients who have been found guilty of a drug offense to apply for a record suspension at their first opportunity. A record suspension means a board has essentially turned their mind to your post offense conduct and also the nature of offense and has suspended the record. It will still appear but it will be marked as suspended. It’s kind of the modern-day version of a pardon.

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