Legal issues are always troublesome. It is made worse by websites that attempt to profit from your misfortune. They grab your mugshot and post it publicly, in the hopes that you will pay to have it taken down. They may have your picture, your name, birthdate, and arrest date. You shouldn't have to do it because of silly mistakes or being in the wrong place at the wrong time! How do you remove your mugshot from the Internet?
Thankfully, Georgians have some control over the fate of their mugshot! You may be able to have it removed free of charge. We are here to help you with everything you need to know.
Your Privacy Is at Risk
In today's world, we live on our devices. We can put in a Google search of our name and see photographs from friends and family, links to our social media, and more. It is all out there for the world to see. Businesses take advantage of this. Some potential employers may look to see what type of stuff you have posted under your name. A mugshot that is easily visible could damage your reputation.
This is where criminal record websites get you. No one wants a mistake that didn't even result in actual charges to give them a bad reputation. Most of us want it removed as quickly as possible.
How to Get Mugshots Removed from the Internet?
Effective May 6, 2013, if you meet certain criteria, it is possible for you to remove that mugshot from the internet with relative ease and often for free. Some criteria include:
- Expungement of Arrest Charges
- Statute of Limitations Expired Before Indictment
- Dismissal of Case
- Probation Terms and Conditions Met
This is not an all-inclusive list. It is recommended that if you are unsure of whether you meet the criteria or not, you reach out to someone to discover your rights.
The Steps You Need to Take for Removal of Mugshot
If you are able to get it removed, you MUST request, in writing, that the company remove your mugshot. The correspondence must include:
- Your Name
- Date of Birth
- Date of Arrest
- Arresting Law Enforcement Agency
Unsure what to write? Here is a mugshot removal letter sample.
It should be sent using certified mail with a return receipt requested or statutory overnight delivery to the business that has published your mugshot. This is very important, because that company will have 30-days from the date of delivery to remove it. If they fail to do so, you can submit a complaint against that company, because they are violated the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act.
We know your privacy matters. If you need any help with the process of getting your mugshot removed from the Internet, we can help. You can contact us and someone will be available to answer your questions or concerns.