How to keep your mugshot from getting on the internet?

mugshot removal serviceOn the internet, your mugshots can stay online indefinitely if action to remove them is not taken. Even if your records are sealed or expunged, your mugshot can still appear online.

The best way to keep an unwanted mugshot off the internet would be to avoid getting arrested. Sometimes we can’t help but be in the wrong place at the wrong time or perhaps you got mixed up in the wrong crowd. If you’re lucky you will get the charges dropped or dismissed. If that is the case you may have some luck with contacting the various websites and asking them to remove your mugshot. They may request court documentation to prove or verify that your charges were indeed dropped or dismissed. A lot of times this can be a hassle as well.  Then you can avoid the frustration and run around of getting this handled.

Mugshot Avoidance

On the other hand, if you have a warrant for your arrest for something like a failure to appear it may be possible to turn yourself in and avoid having your mugshot on the internet. All of the mugshot websites use software to scrape county sheriff websites. They usually only scrape websites of the counties that process a larger number of inmates. That being said if you decide to turn yourself in at a smaller municipality or county in other words somewhere in the sticks chances are you may not have your mugshot placed on the internet in the first place. For example, if you live in Florida. Sumter county is not listed on Arrests.org’s website. There is one downside to doing this, you will have to spend more time in jail waiting for transport to the county you have a warrant in. There are no guarantees but it is worth a shot at avoiding the embarrassment and risk associated with having your mugshot on the internet. It is common practice for mugshot websites to scrape images from sheriff websites for arrest records that they can then post online. Smaller governments and law enforcement agencies book a smaller amounts of people making it more likely that the mugshot publishers will skip over these counties.

Mugshot Protection

Some Sheriffs like the Pinellas county Sheriff place mugshots behind a login so that they can not be scraped by bots. People who have a legitimate need or physically come into the office may get access to the mugshot. This allows a perfect balance between the freedom of information laws in Florida and the right to privacy. There may be other municipalities that have similar protections for people that get arrested in their jurisdiction.