A woman from Pasco County Florida has filed suit against a mugshot website that is exploiting her mugshot image online. In a complaint filed in the Hillsborough County Court by Megan Simmons, she claims the website Instant Checkmate is exploiting her mugshot for promotional purposes without compensation or authorization. InstantCheckmate is a website used for locating public records on people. The mugshot stems from a DUI arrest in Hillsborough County, FL.
In the lawsuit, she claims that she was branded as a hot convict which has caused “disturbance of her peace of mind, humiliation, and embarrassment, harm to her reputation, violation of her right to privacy, and mental pain and anguish”
The 28-year-old Simmons is seeking monetary damages and the removal of her image from any promotional material.
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