How to get a Mugshot Removed from the Internet:
Removal In Florida
An arrest can be embarrassing, stressful, and can affect future employment opportunities. Not only are you trying to navigate your criminal arrest, but you’re also likely worried about how an arrest could affect your future.
Finding your jail booking photo online can make matters worse. Even if the criminal charges are dropped, the mugshot is still online. Even if you’re found not guilty, your mugshot will still stay online. Mugshots can show up online regardless of if you were arrested for a misdemeanor or a felony charge in Florida.
Unfortunately, once your mugshot is online – regardless of if you were wrongfully arrested, you’re found innocent, or the criminal charges are dropped – it stays online. Unfortunately, mugshots can stay online indefinitely if steps are not taken to remove them.
Thankfully, our Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys can help you get your mugshot removed.
Mugshot photos and associated information are considered public record. Mugshots can still be published online, even if you bond out of jail and even if you are released from jail.
As skilled criminal defense attorneys in South Florida, we know the impact an online mugshot can have on someone and their reputation, career, and so much more.
We work with a company that helps with the Removal of Mugshots and Negative Internet Content.
Does An Expungement Delete An Online Mugshot?
Unfortunately, no. An expungement does not delete a mugshot online. A not guilty plea will not delete your mugshot. And even a dismissal of your criminal charges will not remove your mugshot from the internet.
Our nation is founded on the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. While a mugshot online doesn’t technically mean anything, it certainly does send a message to people who see the photo and it can create a negative perception. While it shouldn’t be the case, many people will automatically assume someone is guilty of a crime if they see a mugshot.
It is recommended that people move forward with the expungement together with the mugshot removal. Expunged and sealed cases are confidential by Florida statute and therefore the company, agency, and search engines are required to remove any trace of your arrest. We help ensure that they comply with the requests to have your mugshot removed.
But unless you take action, your mugshot will appear on a Google search for years to come even with an expungement, which can negatively impact future employment, loans, housing, and more.
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Are Mugshot Removal Websites Reliable?
No, mugshot removal websites are not reliable. Mugshot removal companies and mugshot websites are extortionist companies, often demanding a high fee for mugshot removal.
Hiring a lawyer to remove your mugshots from the internet provides you with a level of confidence that unlicensed and unregulated websites cannot. If you want to have peace of mind about getting your photo off the internet, contact an attorney to talk about removing your online mugshot. The good news is we offer free consultations for people seeking to get online mugshots removed, so you have nothing to lose by reaching out to our office today.
Can An Attorney Remove My Online Mugshot?
Yes, an attorney can help you get your mugshots removed from the internet.
Working with a criminal defense lawyer to remove your online mugshot after an arrest ensures that your information is kept confidential and is not shared with, or sold to, other mugshot websites.
A criminal defense attorney can write a demand letter stating the reasons for requesting the removal of your mugshot A lawyer can also explain the legal ramifications of leaving the mugshot online.
In the instances where your criminal case has been dismissed or if the information that is published is inaccurate, demand letters can be very effective at getting your mugshot removed.
Can A Mugshot Be Removed From The Internet?
Yes, a mugshot can be removed from the internet. It is important to seek help if you’d like to remove your online mugshot as the process is complex and can be difficult.
Thanks to a recent new Florida Law, Floridians do have a legal right to request for mugshots to be removed from websites. The law is mainly aimed at websites that solely publish mugshots as their main business.
There are certain parameters and rules involved in making a mugshot removal request. But a company can be held liable for keeping your mugshot online after they receive the removal request. Once the photo is removed from the site, the company cannot republish the mugshot.
If a website or agency does not comply with the rules, the site could be guilty of civil penalties. Working with a lawyer to get your mugshot removed is the best way to make sure your rights are protected, advocated, and fought for.