Many people ask how to remove your mugshot from Arrest.org which is one of the original mugshot websites that pioneered the whole idea of showcasing mugshots to the public via a website and monetizing the website with display advertising.
Ironically you won’t see any buttons to remove your mugshot from arrests.org since their idea to make money from the site is based upon advertising revenue. Mugshots are the content attracting traffic and impressions for ads so deleting them isn’t part of the plan. I’m sure now they are aware of the revenue that could be generated by offering a removal option but with the arrest of the Mugshot.com website owners, I highly doubt they will attempt to offer a paid removal option.
Interestingly enough there is an email address listed on the website for people to contact them. We have heard reports that a polite email with a link to your mugshot page can sometimes result in a mugshot being removed. We have seen mixed results ourselves trying this, but it is certainly worth a try – email@example.com
A lot of times people get really upset when they discover their mugshot has been published online. One of the first things they do is lash out at the publisher whether it be a website or a news organization. Cussing and threatening to sue is not going to help you get a picture down. Being polite or actually sending a letter from a real lawyer might. As unscrupulous as the mugshot publishing industry is in most states it is still technically legal.
Arrests.org: How can I remove my information? A step-by-step guide to opting out.
Total Time: 10 minutes
Below are the steps to opt out of Arrests.org. However, there’s a caveat. Arrests.org may require supporting documentation to complete a request for removal. It is not guaranteed that your information will be removed from this site.
1) Go to Arrests.org
2) In the search bar, enter your name, state, and last name.
3) Click “Record Removal.”
4) Click “Submit opt-out” and choose a reason to be removed.
Arrests.org has a variety of reasons to remove someone. Each reason requires specific documentation.
- “The arrests were sealed or expunged.” You will need a copy of the expungement order.
- “The charges were dropped/dismissed/adjudicated not guilty.” Requires proof of identity and proof of disposition.
- “Remove address and birth date.” You will need proof of identity.
- “Other.” This includes if the person is deceased, active military, not a US citizen, or a law enforcement/government official. To verify, you will need to provide supporting documentation.
5) Give it up to 30 days.
Arrests.org can take anywhere from 5 to 30 days to process the request for removal. This doesn’t mean that all information will be deleted.
How to educational video – Opt Out of Arrest.org
Arrest record removal from arrests.org using email
Arrest.org has an email address published on their website (firstname.lastname@example.org) – You can email arrest.org with the following information:
- A screenshot of your arrest information on arrests.org.
- Your full name as published on arrests.org.
- Date of birth.
- Documentation of your case disposition, expungement order, nolle prosequi, dismissal information, etc.
- A redacted copy of your identification or documentation that proves your identity.
- Reason for the removal of your personal information.
Learn more about arrests.org
The contact page does not provide much information about Arrests.org and its practices. You will also find an admission by the site below the contact information that they do not take responsibility for the accuracy and that some of the people featured are not necessarily convicted. Site owners refuse to accept responsibility for comments made by users. Arrests.org does not have enough information on the site’s owners or intentions. Arrests.org is one of many sites that claim to provide a public service, “informing the general public” about background information. The site’s statements strongly suggest that it is purely for entertainment purposes.
You can tag and search for mugshots using the following criteria:
- Beat up
- Get tatted up
Arrests.org make damaging photos from an arrest available and highly visible in search results. People who have never been charged, or have had their charges overturned, dismissed, sealed, or expunged, or are pardoned, or have served their sentence in full still suffer from the negative effects of an arrests.org search result depicting a mugshot online in Google
What are the states that arrests.org covers?
Arrests.org: provides information from all states that have open records laws. Below are the states that arrests.org covers.
The Alabama arrests.org database is growing rapidly over the last few years. It now includes 18 counties, whereas it was previously limited to 5 counties.
There are only four counties listed on the Arizona arrests.org Page (Cochise Maricopa Mohave and Pinal).
One of the larger databases out there on the site, the Arkansas arrests.org page includes 23 counties. You should do your research if you are a resident of this state and have been charged.
Surprisingly, there are only 7 counties listed on the California arrests.org page but each is fairly thorough.
One of the smaller pages on the site with only two counties. It is worth exploring if your state has one. However, Colorado arrests.org contains far fewer listings and mugshots than other state pages so you have a better chance of finding the right person.
The arrests.org Florida database includes 52 counties, which significantly increases your chances of being included here. Your mugshot is also more likely to be picked up by another website.
The Georgia arrests.org database has a large page that covers 37 counties.
Only four counties are listed on the Idaho arrests.org Page (Ada. Bingham. Canyon. and Elmore).
On the Illinois arrests.org page there are 7 counties listed but it is updated quite regularly and has an active comment community which means the chances of someone seeing your mugshot when visiting the page is higher than other states.
Indiana’s arrests.org Page covers 24 counties and has some pretty active engagement around their listings.
Only eight counties are listed on the Iowa arrests.org Database with moderate activity from visitors.
The Kansas arrests.org page lists nine counties, but has very little engagement.
There are a whopping 70 counties in the Kentucky arrests.org database although the engagement and comments across all Arrests.org KY listings are actually on the low side given the quantity.
19 counties make up the Louisiana arrests.org page with moderate engagement throughout the site.
Only Somerset is in the Main arrests.org database
Allegany and St. Mary’s county are the only two on the Maryland arrests.org database page.
7 counties make up the arrests.org Michigan database with lower than average engagement and activity across them.
There are 26 counties in the Minnesota arrests.org database with moderate activity and comments on their listings.
The Mississippi arrests.org page has 19 counties but very low activity and engagement.
The Missouri arrests.org page has 23 counties with a high engagement and comment rate on their listings.
Missoula & Ravalli are both counties that you will find on the Montana arrests.org Page.
Gage, Lincoln, and Sarpy are the counties listed on the Nebraska arrests.org page with low engagement.
This page is currently unavailable. This page will be updated once it is made available again to the public.
There are only four counties listed on the New Jersey arrests.org Page (Essex County, Ocean County, Salem, and Sussex).
There are five counties in New Mexico that have above-average activity and comments.
The North Carolina arrests.org page has 30 counties with above-average engagement.
36 counties comprise the Ohio arrests.org database with an above-average level of engagement across all listings.
The Oklahoma arrests.org database contains 11 counties with moderate activity.
18 counties are listed on the Oregon arrests.org page. They have much higher than average activity levels and engage more visitors.
There are only 7 counties in the Pennsylvania arrests.org database and below-average engagement.
You can find 22 counties on the South Carolina arrests.org page and the listings receive above-average activity and engagement.
The Tennessee arrests.org database has 20 counties and above-average engagement.
51 counties comprise the Texas arrests.org database, but the listing’s activity level is lower.
You can find 7 counties on Utah arrests.org but there is moderate activity in the database.
The arrests.org VA database covers 13 counties with significantly above-average activity and engagement from the visitors.
10 counties are included in the West Virginia arrests.org database but the engagement level on this page is extremely low.
There are only 6 counties on the Wisconsin arrests.org page but the engagement across the state database is slightly above average.
Goshen and Sweetwater are the only counties that are listed on Wyoming arrests.org. It is also very low in terms of engagement.
What is an Arrest Record?
An arrest record contains personal information such as an individual’s full legal name, known aliases, date of birth, last known address, previously known addresses, physical description, fingerprints, photographs, dates of prior arrests, arresting agencies and booking numbers, charges, case numbers, dispositions, and other data related to the identification and criminal history of that wanted individual. While similar information is included in all arrest records, this covers most of the information provided by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Department. Other criminal records are maintained by local and federal law enforcement agencies in the USA and must be obtained through those individual agencies.
What is an Arrest Warrant?
Arrest warrants are issued by judges and enable law enforcement agencies to arrest an individual(s) named in a warrant for specific crime(s) they are believed to have committed. A warrant does not indicate an individual is guilty of committing any crime mentioned in the arrest warrant; it means that they are being accused of committing one. The impetus for requesting the warrant requires an officer of the law, an alleged victim, or a witness of a crime must declare under oath the circumstances of the alleged crime. Then, a judge must determine if there is probable cause to arrest the alleged offender. However, it remains to be proven in court that the individual committed a crime as all are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
A warrant is called an active warrant prior to the arrest of a suspect. A warrant is outstanding if it has been active and no arrest has been made within a certain timeframe. Generally, this occurs when an individual who has committed a criminal offense(s) evades arrest to avoid incarceration. In some cases, law enforcement agencies lack the resources to deliver all arrest warrants, and some warrants for lesser offenses are not served. Examples of lesser offenses include parking ticket fines, minor traffic violations, some misdemeanors like trespassing, and public intoxication.
Finally, a bench warrant is issued when an individual misses a court date otherwise known as failure to appear.
How to request records under the Texas Public Information Act
A written request is often required in order to access arrest records and warrants of individuals arrested by law enforcement, marshals or the constable, as well as any other public information protected under the Texas Public Information Act. The following is a widely used format for requesting information.
This request is made under the Texas Public Information Act, Section 552 of the Texas Government Code. In accordance with the law, which requires that the ‘Officer for Public Records shall promptly produce such information for inspection or duplication, or both, in the offices of the governmental body,’ I respectfully request access to the following information.
Reasonable fees may be assessed for the duplication of documents provided to any request honored. If the fees in aggregate amount to more than $40, an enumerated list of costs should be provided. These fees can be waived if the release of the requested documents is deemed to be in the best interest of the general public or needed in an effort to bring awareness or diminish a threat to public safety.
Alex Adekola is a thought leader in the reputation management industry who has targeted mugshot publishers since 2012. Alex Adekola is the longest-serving reputation and crisis management strategist and has written a book on mugshot removal. He is the creator and director of strategy at RemoveMyMugshot.org and Incept Technologies, LLC.