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We offer a total mugshot removal solution to remove your mugshot and arrest details from the internet once and for all.
Let’s say you are a 33-year-old job seeker. Despite putting out dozens or even hundreds of applications, you just aren’t getting the callbacks and offers you think you deserve.
If this ever happens to you, then the most important two things to do is:
After Googling your name, check out search engine results and Google image results. If you find your name and your image on a link connected to a mugshot site, you have found your problem.
Your mugshot may be on any mugshot or newspaper site if you’ve ever been arrested. Maybe your arrest happened five, ten, or fifteen years ago. Maybe it was a simple misdemeanor, but the charges were dismissed.
Or maybe you had a serious assault charge on your record. And once the process started, the courts downgraded it to disorderly conduct. Or maybe despite expunging or sealing your case, it’s still popping up online.
Whatever your situation, you probably know but having that type of record online and available for anyone in Indiana to find via an Indiana inmate search mugshots is going to cause you problems.
Your name, photo, and record of charges are likely available on mugshot websites. This is because those sites take advantage of a loophole in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Either the webmasters applied to local and state agencies or had someone apply on their behalf to obtain your arrest information.
Then, they take that information and put it online. It’s there until you or an attorney contact them.
Agencies have your information because, whenever you are arrested, you go through the booking process. When booked, you are fingerprinted and your photo is taken. This is done to identify you in the criminal justice system. And once complete, your charges are recorded.
Even after your release, all the information obtained during the process is recorded and is made available to mugshot sites. This is done when they submit a Freedom of Information Act request for criminal records.
Once they receive that information, they create web pages with your name, mugshot, and arrest record. These records then show up whenever anyone uses Google for an Indiana inmate search mugshots request.
Now that you know how your information got onto an Indiana mugshots website, it’s important to know the why. Mugshot websites complete Freedom of Information Act requests and create web pages for each person they receive. This is because they want to make money off your information. They make money off of you in two key ways:
This works like most other websites. When someone visits a page with your information, they are exposed to advertisements. The brand behind those advertisements pays the mugshot site owners for space on those pages.
In reality, this is a type of extortion or ransom payment. Here, the person with their information online on an Indiana inmate search mugshots result pays the webmaster a “removal fee” to take down their information. These fees are entirely at the discretion of the mugshot webmaster. Fees may amount to a couple of hundred dollars or add up to thousands of dollars. Either way, this may prove too costly for many people. And it may be particularly hard for those who need to remove their arrest record to find employment or housing.
You might be wondering why or how it’s legal for mugshot sites to charge removal fee. After all, they’re essentially blackmail fees.
Well, these mugshot sites exploit a loophole in the Freedom of Information Act to take advantage of people with no recourse.
To illustrate, look at one of the least powerful populations in the United States: those with arrest records. This population is highly disenfranchised. Nineteen states prohibit felons from voting while incarcerated and for a period after incarceration.
What’s more: lawmakers are slow to react to the gross misuse of criminal records by mugshot websites.
That said, states have made some progress, including the state of Indiana. According to Indiana Code. § 5-14-3-3, all agencies and political subdivisions may prohibit the release of any public information in electronic form when that information is requested strictly for commercial use. The one exception is the “publication of news.”
The first thing to do to remove your name, mugshot and arrest record from the web is to contact the webmaster. Check the website for a contact page or a Frequently Asked Question page. Locate a link that offers you more information about removing your mugshot from the site.
There are plenty of times where a webmaster will voluntarily remove a person’s information from the page.