Floridians are aware of these websites that consolidate mugshots from the internet and dispense them without society. Benefiting from people is what these websites do and many bills and statues, unfortunately, protect them.
Most of the time, mugshots found online belong to individuals whose charges were dropped, dismissed, or even expunged.
Booking data is regularly published on county offices or court databases within seconds of the arrest transpiring. County prisons operate the identical way.
Once you are booked, your arrest data is deemed public knowledge.
The entire industry functions based on a scheme of extortion for cash from the innocent as well as those found guilty. These businesses feed off of humiliation and shame of others with no regard for their personal privacy.
Conventional ways of sealing or expunging arrest records rarely apply to mugshot sites. When you are granted an expungement or sealings this essentially destroys any traces of the arrest within court documents and records.
Even if your charges are dismissed or expunged if the publication was posted before your case was closed these mugshot websites have no legal obligation to remove any mugshots.
Mugshot site owners do not add their opinion they simply post the mug shot image with the booking information and move on to the next.
Therefore, 9/10 the outcome of the cases is not posted. This leaves it up to the users reading the post to consider that a person was guilty of the allegations.
This creates what we now call a Whack-A-Mole situation. Despite any recently implemented legislation, the websites will proceed to post free mugshots to the public eye.
Not to mention they do this to generate income aside from making money off advertisements. In addition, people searches online account for more than 1 billion searches every single day.
Who are Mugshot Laws Directly Towards?
Next, by focusing legislation towards the mugshot sites it makes the removal efforts easier for you.
So, if you are capable of providing any dismissal or expungement paperwork directly to the website. You may have a decent chance of having that information removed.
Should the websites fail to remove the mugshot in 10 days, you can actually sue the website for an injunction to compel them to remove the mugshot.
Furthermore, the judge leading over the litigation can enforce penalties upon the mugshot websites for $1, 000 every day for non-compliance. Suing a website in some instances operates beneath the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Lastly, it’s essential to hold in mind that this legislation strictly refers to websites that accept payment.
Therefore, you cannot demand your mugshot to be removed after you offering money. To bypass this law, numerous websites have updated their procedures and no longer accept payment to remove mugshots. Instead, they are simply not removing anything at all.
In most cases, it is still feasible for us to convince websites to remove mugshots for our clients.
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