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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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason 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.

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. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

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 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.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.


Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
Education
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper