You can obtain a criminal background check using the FBI rapsheet process. As for needing an attorney to change status to student status, that depends on how long you've been here, if you're still in a period of authorized stay and when your classes begin.
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Representing yourself without adequate legal experience or knowledge can prove to be a challenge. It may not be possible to learn every law or detail. Often times the more complex a case is, the more legal knowledge a person needs in order to be successful. A lack of time, resources, and knowledge are difficult to overcome. It's better to hire a lawyer to handle this. There are a lot of excellent lawyers in your city.
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