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Facts About the Mugshot Industry

July 20, 2018

Get the Facts About the Mugshot Industry

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Facts About the Mugshot Industry | After an individual is arrested the chances are the mugshot and booking information will appear on Google. Have you ever researched the facts about the mugshot industry? Many are quick to call this industry a scam and for many reasons. A lot of small removal “firms” will claim they can remove various types of content online without failure, yet after 2-3 months you start having trouble contacting them and they go M.I.A. 

By definition, a scam is a fraudulent business scheme. There are a few websites that have participated in ethical or unlawful acts to better themselves financially. But overall, there are several reputable agencies that can assist you. Read reviews on each company, in addition, make sure the work is 100% guaranteed. Go with a business you trust.

There are no laws protecting the arrestees, unfortunately, as long as the information displayed is still considered public records, these websites are in their legal rights to publish the content (except for a few states). As long as these websites update accordingly and are displaying accurate information there is nothing (legally) you can do to force them to remove it.

 

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What is the Cost of a Mugshot Removal?

After you have uncovered every website online that is actively showing your arrest information you can start by contacting them one by one. This is either done via email or over the phone. Mostly all of these mugshot publication websites do include a “Contact Us” or “Terms of Use” where they disclose their contact information.

On average, mugshot websites will charge anywhere between $200 to $600 for the removal of a single post. These costs are variable and change monthly depending on the “friendliness” of the site owner. Overall, an average cost for a total removal (5-10 websites) ranges between $1,000 to $2,5000+ depending on the outcome of the case and severity of the charge(s). You must also take into account where the arrest occurred, each state has different policies.

For example, if you were arrested in the state of Florida you will (90% of the time) be found on at least 6 distinct mugshot publication websites. Florida, along with Texas, North Carolina and Arizona are by far the worst states to get arrested in. Why? Because those are the sites where these mugshot websites operate from so the arrestees in that area tend to get hit harder than other states.

 

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What Works and What Does Not?

When it comes to success rates, here at EraseMugshots.com, we pride ourselves on having no negative reviews and a positive BBB rating. Many sites will claim they can remove the content in 60 minutes or overnight. If that does not raise an eyebrow I do not know what else will. For someone to guarantee such a timeframe, needs to know without a doubt that site will comply. Most of the time it is because the “removal company” also owns the mugshot site. This, of course, grants them the ability to remove the content quickly. Making them look like the hero. This would be comparable to a firefighter starting a fire then “saving the day” by extinguishing it right away. Read below on more facts about the mugshot industry.

 

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What Alternative Do You Have for Mugshot Removal?

By now you have noticed this can be quite the investment for many individuals. That is why is it so important to be aware of the facts about the mugshot industry. Do not worry there are alternative routes you can take. These may not be as successful but will assist in “hiding” that negative information online.

By creating additional content that is positive we can, in essence, flood out any negative pieces of information. Google for instance, on the first page there are 10-12 results (paid and organic results). If you are working to suppress something off the first page you would utilize high authority sites to “outrank” the unwanted content.

 

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We want to reiterate that, as unethical as it may seem, these sites are not legally doing anything wrong. Protected by the FOIA, mugshot publishers can publish your arrest content all over the internet. As long as they do not contact you asking for payment, it is not considered extortion, blackmail, or racketeering.

If you have tried to remove a harmful post but failed, give us a call at EraseMugshots. Our 100% free comprehensive analysis will immediately uncover any and all harmful websites. Within 7 days they will be removed and it will be as if they never existed. It is time you finally landed that dream job.