Arrests that do not result in a conviction appear on most criminal background checks. Most background checks do a poor job of showing the difference between convictions and arrests. Though arrests cannot be officially used against you, the fact that they show up is prejudicial to employers, landlords, police, and others who view your criminal history.

Because arrests can generally be set aside without paying the court a filing fee, expungement of arrests is a cost-effective way to clean up your criminal history.