A criminal record can affect your future in a number of ways from employment opportunities and even where you are allowed to live. If you’ve 1) completed your sentence, 2) are not on parole or probation, 3) your last conviction was over 5 years ago, and 4) your conviction did not involve a violent crime, you may be eligible for a pardon or certificate of employability.
A pardon can completely erase your criminal record, wiping the slate clean. While a certificate of employability ensures that future employers cannot deny you a job based on your criminal record. These possibilities can create a sense a relief if you have been through the criminal justice system.