Many people ask how they can get their mugshot removed from Florida.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 or delete your mugshot since their idea to make money from the site was based upon advertising revenue. Mugshots were the content that displayed ads so deleting them wasn’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.
On April 28, 2017, by a vote of 118 to none, the Florida Senate approved legislation that prevented any website publishing mugshots from receiving a fee to remove the image. A person simply has to request this in writing. After being introduced back in 2016 the legislation finally passed giving reprieve to mugshot victims who are targeted by shady website owners who themselves are generally criminals. Some of the most notorious mugshot websites also call themselves home in the shady state of Florida. Florida statue 901.43
We imagine that eventually all states or at least a federal statute will abolish this savage practice of publishing a booking photo in the hopes of a person finding it and eventually paying a fee for its removal. Of all the ways to make money, this is one of the easiest ways to make enemies. We have always stood by the position that this type of blackmail errors on the side of illegal in the sense that no one can profit or make money from your image other than yourself or individuals that you grant that permission to. One can only hope that this is a sign of the times to come as our lawmakers finally put an end to this unethical nonsense. Google and the payment processors have done their part after the Wired expose piece that was published on the industry.