As is usually the case in the world of immigration, a criminal proceeding will have repercussions on your citizenship application. What type of infractions will hinder the process? For how long? What if the infraction takes place during the treatment of your application? What if the criminal process ended in a discharge?
The criminal benchmarks for citizenship are different from those being applied to immigration files. If you are the unfortunate holder of a criminal record or if criminal proceedings are underway against you, it is highly recommended that you determine the impact of these on your citizenship eligibility before filing an application, or if you are in the process of your application, as soon as the infraction takes place.