Your criminal background can play a huge role in your ability to land your dream apartment or a job you love. But while most people are well aware of the general influence of their criminal history, they have no idea what actually shows up when a potential landlord or employer completes a background check. Read on to learn what, exactly, these checks entail — and how the information they contain could impact your future.

What Your Criminal Record Might Contain

When in doubt, you can expect information on all arrests and convictions to be mentioned in your criminal record. This includes adult crimes such as felonies and misdemeanors, as well as juvenile felonies and gross misdemeanors.

While authorities are not required to report select misdemeanor arrests, they are by no means prevented from including them. Typically, law enforcement officials send arrest fingerprints to Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), which then adds relevant information to the records of the state’s official Criminal History System.

Obtaining Your Criminal Record

If you’re still curious as to what landlords or employers might see when completing background checks, it behooves you to secure your own copy of your criminal history. Written copies can be obtained in writing or by visiting the BCA office. If you submit a written request, be sure to include your date of birth, current full name, and any other names you might have used in the past. Additionally, your request should signed, dated, and notarized. BCA charges $8 for criminal record requests.

No matter the nature of your current legal situation, you can count on the Brown Law Offices for support. Reach out at your earliest convenience to learn more about our legal services and our compassionate approach.

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“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and…

“I used to handle commercial litigation downtown, but it wasn’t very fulfilling. As Minnesota family law attorneys we have the privilege of helping people during one of the most challenging times they will face. This stuff really matters to our clients – and to us. We take pride in helping people move forward with their lives.”

Jason founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. He has received national media attention for his work in the area of divorce and family law.

Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A., after clerking for the (now retired) Chief Judge of Minnesota’s Tenth Judicial District. He is an experienced trial lawyer, who handled a wide variety of cases (including civil commitment, criminal defense, probate, personal injury and commercial litigation) early in his career.

Today, Jason’s practice is dedicated exclusively to divorce and family law matters. He has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason obtained his B.S., magna cum laude, from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and his J.D., cum laude, from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. While in law school Jason was a published staff writer and associate editor for the William Mitchell Law Review.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota.

Outside of the office, Jason plays the bass guitar and serves on the Board of Directors at Northgate Church. He and his wife, Cynthia, also an attorney, have two boys.