DENVER, CO, September 01, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- In 2009 alone, law enforcement officials made more than 13,000,000 arrests, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. A great deal of these arrests came about due to intoxicated drivers, but many involved simple transgressions, including belligerence or trespassing or domestic arguments. Often, an arrest results in public embarrassment, as the mugshot record of the arrest is almost always made available to mugshot websites. InternetReputation.com
is proud to announce a step-by-step approach that can lead to removal of a mugshot record from the internet.
1. Study State Laws.
After an arrest, it's absolutely vital for people to study their state's laws regarding mugshot dissemination. Some states allow anyone to view a mugshot, while others have much more strict laws. In Alaska, for example, officials will only release mugshots when they could help to solve a crime. North Carolina, on the other hand, seems willing to release mugshots to almost anyone.
"We coach our clients to look for the websites of the facilities in which they were booked," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "If the mugshot appears there, it's likely to appear in other mugshot sites in no time at all, and it's likely the state has no laws to protect people who are targets of these sites."
2. Run Searches for Your Mugshot
Mugshot websites tend to share information, so a photo that appears in one place is likely to appear in others in no time at all. Fighting back means getting comprehensive, so people who are arrested simply must look for each and every instance of their mugshot that appears on the web.
"It's common for people to panic when they see their mugshots in just one place, but it really is vital for people to step back and dig deeper in order to assess the damage," says an InternetReputation.com representative.
3. Gather Information.
Some mugshot websites will remove mugshots at no charge, if those people who appear can prove that the charges were either dropped or expunged. These sites require proof, however, and people might be required to attach scanned documents from their lawyers or the courts in order to find relief. If you have those records, it's time to dig them up and send them to each site in which you appear. The experts at InternetReputation.com advise caution, however, as not all sites will adhere to this idea.
"There are some mugshot websites that will demand fees for any mugshot removal, even if the person has been arrested, and some sites claim that they won't remove mugshots at all," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "Each site is just a little different, unfortunately, and sometimes it's best to hire an expert for help."
4. Seek Assistance.
If your mugshot appears on a website that won't remove your expunged records, or your charges stand and you've pled guilty, you might need to hire an expert to help you clean up your reputation. Sometimes, you might need to hire an expert simply because it's difficult to work directly with mugshot websites.
"Recently, we found a blog entry describing the tangled ownership of one mugshot website, suggesting that there were multiple parties involved and that they weren't always taking to one another," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "That's pretty common in this industry, and it can make cleanup difficult. People might not know who to talk to or where to go to get relief."
Expert companies, on the other hand, have sophisticated tools they can bring to bear to remove images from the web in mere minutes.
5. Keep Searching.
Removing a mugshot from one site isn't a guarantee that the image won't appear on other sites at a later date. In fact, if the image appeared on one site, it's almost certain to appear on another at some point in time.
"The sooner the mugshot is removed, the less likely it is that the photo will be duplicated and republished in another place," says an InternetReputation.com representative. "But it's best for people to keep on top of the situation and run periodic searches for their mugshots in the months that follow an arrest. They may need to go through these steps each time their photos appear."
For more information about how record removal works, visit www.internetreputation.com
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