First, identity theft or clerical error may affect your BCA record. A person may have used your name and/or date of birth while being arrested and that could be tied to your BCA identity. The BCA could have entered something incorrectly and it could be attached to your profile. The police department may have reported something incorrectly to the BCA as well. It is never a bad idea to check.
Second, if you have been arrested or convicted of a crime, you want to make sure that it was documented correctly. If you plead to a crime that was not originally charged, you want to make sure that was properly reflected in the BCA's record. For example, I had a client in Dakota County who was convicted of Careless Driving instead of the DWI he was charged with. The BCA mistakenly put the conviction as the DWI not the Careless Driving. Not only did that alter his criminal history, it hiked his insurance rates.
If you have had a conviction expunged, you want to make sure that the Court's Order was properly executed by the BCA. I ran a Hennepin County client's record to verify that her expungement went through and when we went to court for something else we verified it was gone!
Third, remember that time in college you were really drunk and you woke up in jail? Yeah, that will be reflected in your BCA record. All arrests are documented on your BCA record. You may have forgotten about being arrested but the BCA didn't. Those arrests will show up on record checks. However, there are ways to expunge those arrests from your record! Call me and I can assist you in taking care of those documented arrests.
So, you ran your record check and found something wrong. What do you do? The good thing is that it is fixable. For BCA entry errors, a letter to the BCA with documentation of what should be entered is all it should take. That has been successful for me on behalf of my clients. If it is the court that has erred, then a motion to the Court or a hearing may be needed.
Sometimes the BCA reports are a little difficult to read if you are not experienced so feel free to give me a call to help obtain or interpret the record.