Agreed. I've just been fortunate enough to not have it hinder me travel-wise or professionally.it's a car, and you shouldn't be allowed to beat the crap out of somebody protecting it. violence should only be used when protecting yourself, or another person from immediate physical harm.
being charged and convicted are two separate things. if convicted he could have some issues travelling or working. there are exceptions, but the paperwork is quite intense. i couldn't hire a guy a my previous employer for a high level position that he was totally qualified for because we flagged a record on the check. he spoke with me after, it was an assault conviction got when he was younger, and claimed to have forgotten to disclose it to us. the disclosure wouldn't have helped him, the policy was very strict. he was upset. i'm sure he did eventually find something. a conviction just makes things difficult.
i'm not sure what the DOD's screening policy is, but i can tell you in the private sector, a conviction, for which no pardon has been granted, can affect you.
auto, if you're driving a vehicle that would be considered "normal use and operation" and thus covered under the SABs in Ontario. (for the driver losing an eye)