Arizona Mugshot Removal

AZ-Arizona-mugshot-removalWant to learn more about Arizona Mugshot Removal? The scales of justice tilt in favor of Mugshot removal in Arizona. A new Arizona law forces mugshot websites to pay the victims of mugshot websites. On April 1, 2019, Arizona House Bill 2191 was enacted and signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey. On August 27, 2019, the law went into effect making it illegal for mugshot website operators to publish mugshots online for commercial gain. The law specifically addresses mugshot publishers operating outside of Arizona that seeks to exploit Arizona residents

The law also defines strict penalties for those who violate the Arizona Law. Website operators can be liable for damages for each violation. The penalty for each violation is listed below:

  • $100 per day during the first thirty days of the violation
  • $200 per day during the subsequent thirty days of the violation, and
  • $500 per day for each day thereafter.

It may be difficult to get any response from a website operator if you find your mugshot posted illegally online. A lot of lawyers claim to specialize in mugshot removal but know absolutely nothing about the internet and search engines. You do not need a lawyer to get an illegally posted image down. You do need to comply with the law and send a letter requesting that the image be removed. The letter should arrive certified mail and you should include some type of identifying documentation with the request so that the website can remove the image. It’s important to remove the image as quickly as possible since the image can easily be spread online by mugshot website operators.

House Bill 2191 is a great start for Arizona residents looking to have their mugshot taken off the internet. There is a balance between strong public record laws and allowing someone’s arrest information to be private.