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.
Arrests.org can be considered a data broker that collects criminal arrest records to publish online. To remove yourself from Arrests.org, you must submit a removal request. Once submitted, it could take 3 to 6 weeks for your booking information to be removed.
- Go to Arrests.org
- Enter your first and last name, and the state you were arrested, in the search bar.
- Find the webpage publishing the information and click “Record Removal.”
- Select a reason for removal, upload your court documentation, and click “Submit opt-out.”
- Wait up to 45 days for the removal process to be completed.
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…firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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. Enter your information to identify the listing. 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 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 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.
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, have had the charges overturned, dismissed, sealed or expunged or are pardoned, or served their sentence still suffer from the negative effects of an arrests.org search result depicted 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.