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August 22, 2016

Why Is My Mug Shot Online?

 

Many of us have an embarrassment in our past. In fact, it’s a little shocking to discover that 41% of Americans have been arrested at least once by the age of 23. The vast majority of these arrests are utterly minor; most Americans also never go to jail, and many of us get released the next day.

Unfortunately, that means many of us also have an arrest record and mugshot on the internet. And in working to remove your online mugshot, you may feel like you’ve been convicted of a crime by a court you’ve never been in or heard of.

If you’re arrested, the records of that arrest tend to be available to the public. This is not consistent from state to state; each state has different laws about what records and types of records are available to the public. However, as a general rule, anyone can request and receive any public records tied to your name, and that includes the record of your arrest, divorce, bankruptcy, foreclosure, etc.

This technicality has led to the rise of a niche publishing industry focused on arrest records; essentially, these sites are vast, searchable engines that collect and post every publicly available mugshot they can get their hands on. Some will also post the entire arrest record; others will just post the mugshot.

 

Can My Online Mugshot Damage My Reputation?

Unfortunately, the answer is “yes.” Furthermore, it can create a problem where there really shouldn’t be one. For example, some states automatically seal the records of juveniles for most crimes, for the express purpose of preventing youthful mistakes from causing long-term damage to citizens. But if the law enforcement agency places the mugshot online, then it can be copied and posted, even when a background check doesn’t turn up any arrest.

This can cause problems with finding a job, with personal relationships and create a whole host of other problems, especially if your online mugshot is highly ranked in your search results.  The end result is that many people struggle with reputation damage and bigger problems than the actual arrest event in itself.

 

Is Posting My Mug Shot Online Legal?

Everything about this situation feels a bit like reversing the concept of the justice system; after all, we’re innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law by a jury of our peers. At the end of the day, these sites are simply reporting a factual event in time, and are making no claims to innocence or guilt.

Individual states are taking action as well, but that can have its own problems. Georgia recently passed a law that doesn’t ban publishing mugshots… but does ban charging a fee to remove them? Unfortunately, this only applies to mugshots posted online by the state of Georgia and is based on public domain laws, so it will be of limited use for taking down an online mugshot. Florida proposed a bill that went even further, putting fines and other restrictions on mugshot websites that leave a mugshot up online after a removal request but that bill was denied.

 

How To Fight A Mugshot Website

EraseMugshots.com can help with this process; we’ll show you how to build an audience, and how to ensure you always have your best foot forward online. Mugshots websites shouldn’t wreck your life; let EraseMugshots.com help you preserve your reputation. Most removals are completed within 72 hours.