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If you have been arrested recently, you may be shocked to learn that your mugshot is now plastered all over the internet. Indeed, this is a great example of insult added to injury, as the first thing that shows up in a Google search of your name is now an image you don’t want anyone to see.
Having your mugshot on the internet is embarrassing and may be damaging to your reputation. It may ruin your personal relationships and employment opportunities, as it indicates that you were involved with a criminal act. This can happen even if you didn’t commit the crime or were eventually found not guilty, or even if you had your charges dropped. Online companies attempt to profit off this situation, which is why a mugshot can be on several different sites. Fortunately, by working with a mugshot removal attorney, you can have your mugshot removed from the web quickly and for a reasonable cost.
At Panella Law Firm, we understand how important it is to remove your mugshot before it creates lasting damage. We may also be able to help you get your record sealed or expunged if you were arrested for criminal charges, including being arrested for:
We offer a free consultation with our defense attorneys to discuss your individual situation and determine whether we can help you erase these destructive images. Call us today at 407-233-1822.
Costs to remove mugshots vary, depending on what is involved and who is handling your case.
Mugshot removal websites are unlicensed and unregulated; they demand high fees for a mugshot removal and may be unable to remove them completely. At Panella Law Firm, you can be confident that we will remove your mugshot correctly and confidentially, for affordable fees based on the amount of work involved in your individual situation.
We can write a demand letter stating the reasons for requesting the removal and the legal ramifications of leaving the mugshot online. Florida statute 901.43 requires that written notice be sent to the registered agent or person or entity who published the booking photo, by registered mail, with proof of why it should be removed. We will do this for every mugshot site that has your photo.
Unfortunately, mugshots can stay online indefinitely if steps are not taken to remove them. Even getting your records sealed or expunged, which is supposed to mean your case is confidential and a company should remove any trace of your arrest, does not necessarily delete a mugshot online.
You have legal options, and an attorney can make the difference between your ability to take down some images and an experienced lawyer having all mugshots taken down. Our lawyers will fight on your behalf to make sure all traces of your mugshot are removed online, so call us today at 407-233-1822.
Florida law now requires any private company that takes payment for removing mugshot photographs to take the mugshot down from the internet within 10 days of receiving a formal request to do so. If the company refuses, you may sue and the judge can impose a $1,000 per day fine for every day the mugshot is not removed, plus reasonable attorney fees and other court-related costs, and the company can be subject to civil suit under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
Although many websites have changed policies to avoid the law and no longer accept payment for removal, our firm may convince them to take the mugshot down. We understand the information that each site needs to remove your mugshot, which makes the process go more smoothly.
In addition to making sure all traces of your mugshot are removed from the internet, we can handle the process of having your records sealed or expunged. Or, if you need an attorney to defend you if you are faced with any criminal charges, we have the skill and experience you need for the best possible outcome of your case.
Don’t delay in protecting your online reputation. Talk to a mugshot removal lawyer at Panella Law Firm today to find out the steps we can take to help get your mugshot taken down. The initial consultation with our criminal defense attorneys is free, so call us today at 407-233-1822.