Mugshot sites, simply put, are designed to extort money from the people they prey upon. By accessing mugshots that are posted on public record sites and then re-posting them on sites that are ranked higher in Google search results, these malicious sites gain publicity and power.
The sites will usually remove the photos they post, for a fee. The fees can range from manageable to exorbitant, and paying them doesn’t offer any consolation or guarantee that your photos won’t be posted elsewhere within the hour.
If the owners of the mugshot site get what they want, the photo of you will go viral and they will be able to charge you thousands of dollars to remove it. Hundreds of thousands of people, or more, could have that incriminating picture of you in their mind.
There are dedicated websites that provide services to remove mugshots from the sites that aim to extort individuals. However, these mugshot removal sites also charge money to have the mugshots removed. It may not be in your best interest to use these services for a couple of reasons.
First, there’s no way of knowing if your mugshots will be removed permanently, which introduces uncertainty that you shouldn’t have to deal with.
Second, there’s no guarantee that the fee you pay the site is reasonable, or that the site actually implements the complex processes it claims to carry out.
One additional reason to strongly consider just who is doing the "removal" of the mugshot is that the company doing it may be in partnership with multiple mugshot companies. In other words, it could be a scam.
We don't simply remove mugshots. And we have no affiliation with mughshot sites. Instead we promote a complete process to Repair any and all existing problems or threats online, then Improve search results so they are better than before, and then Protect search results to the best of our ability so the problems don't happen again.
Laws governing the regulation of mugshot sites are considered state matters through the 10th Amendment, which means any power not specifically given to the Federal government falls in the hands of the states themselves.
At Reputation X, we make efforts to help you understand the laws surrounding mugshot sites in your state of residence. Some state lawmakers have been making attempts to combat mugshot sites that overtly extort individuals.
For instance, Roger Bruce, a Georgia state representative, has pushed a bill that became a law in 2013 that makes it a crime for a website to charge a Georgia resident for removal of a mugshot photo.
Individual websites are also becoming targets of the law, such as BustedMugshots.com, which faced a lawsuit filed by Ohio residents in 2013 for exploitation for commercial gain. The website no longer accepts money for photo removal, and instead removes the photos at the individual’s request (hooray for the people!).
Reputation X manages the whole problem, not just removals. Removing bad articles and press online is just the first step in making Google your friend rather than your enemy.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.