Do Arrest Records Show Up on a Criminal Background Check?

If you’re like most people, you want to know if arrest records show up on a criminal background check – especially if you’re applying for a job or looking for a place to live.

The answer is yes. In many cases, arrest records will show up on your criminal background check. That’s true even if you weren’t convicted of a crime (and that’s a really good reason to call a Chicago expungement lawyer who may be able to get you a clean slate).

What Shows Up on a Criminal Background Check?

Because many members of the public can see your criminal history, including some employers and potential landlords, it’s important that you know what shows up. You can ask your attorney to conduct a complete background check to be even more precise, but for the most part, this is what can show up:

  • Arrests
  • Court records
  • Felony convictions
  • Incarceration records
  • Misdemeanor convictions
  • Warrants out for your arrest

How Can You Get a Clean Background Check?

Some people are eligible for expungement or sealing.

What is Expungement?

Expungement is the process that results in your criminal records being destroyed or returned to you.

What is Sealing?

Criminal record sealing is the process that closes off most or all of your criminal record from the public. Some people will still be able to see it, though, such as the military, some employers (like those in the healthcare field) and law enforcement.

For most people, it makes sense to work with an expungement attorney who can handle the whole process, including filing the right paperwork with the court. Your attorney will also be able to make sure the judge hears your side of the story – and explain why you deserve to have your record cleared – if the state’s attorney objects to your expungement

If you need a clean slate, call us at 847-920-4540 right now for a free case review. We may be able to help you.