If you’ve been arrested recently, you might have been shocked to find that your arrest record and mugshot have been posted online. Sometimes this happens before you are able to get released on bail. As mugshot removal specialists, we heard a lot of questions about this process, whether it’s legal and, most of all, how you can get your information removed from the internet. We thought we’d share a few of the most common mugshot removal questions we hear.
This is probably the most common question we hear. People are justifiable shocked when they find out that their parents, employers, landlords and prospective romantic partners can all find their arrest information and that flattering mugshot via an internet search.
To answer the second part of the question first, yes, it’s legal to use your arrest information online as long as you’re at least 18 years old. Court and police records are public, and they can be used without having to seek permission from the people involved. (Whether it’s morally right is another question.)
Dozens of websites make it their business to post arrest information. They scour court and police department websites for the information and post it on their sites. Once there, it can be picked up by other sites and also indexed by search engines like Google. That can happen as quickly as two or three days.
Once your mugshot and arrest information has been indexed by Google, it’s very difficult to remove all traces of it by yourself. You can contact each website that has your information and ask that it be removed. However, they are under no obligation to remove it and there’s no guarantee that the webmaster will honor your request. Another tactic is to petition the court to have your records sealed, and then contact each website with your information. This carries more weight, but overseas-based websites aren’t subject to US laws and can still keep your information online. Even if you are ultimately successful, this process takes a lot of time and effort.
When you work with us, we’ll let you know in advance how much you’ll pay. We’ll tell you all about mugshot removal and what you can expect. Our fees depend on the amount of information we need to have removed from the internet. If you have multiple arrest records, it will be more expensive than a single mugshot. We want you to be satisfied with our mugshot removal service, so we offer a full money-back guarantee.
You don’t have to be haunted forever because your mugshot is posted online. To learn more about removing mugshots from Google images and other online searches, contact us today or fill out our online form for a free mugshot removal analysis. We’ve helped thousands of people just like you get their mugshots taken off of sites throughout the internet…and we can help you, too.