July 21, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions & Answers

Q:  Can an attorney remove my mugshot and arrest record from being online?
A:  Yes and No. The past several years we have diligently focused on establishing direct communications with these companies along with perfecting various means and methods to offer quick and affordable removal solutions for our clients. The billable time spent by an attorney to try and accomplish what we can already do successfully and efficiently, would not be cost effective. This is the reason why many attorneys hire our experienced team of professionals to remove their clients mugshots. Our work is guaranteed and if any of the sites should ever re-appear, we will remove the links at no cost to you.

Q:  My record was expunged, sealed, dismissed or found not guilty. Doesn’t the mugshot site have to remove it?
A:  No. Expungements refers to official government agencies and their records only. Not the private sector.
Unfortunately, the laws surrounding third party use of mugshots online are unclear at best. There is no statues that says directly when mugshots can or can’t be posted by for-profit websites. Nor are there rules about when (or if) a website is ever required to remove them or update their records.
Regardless of the outcome of the case, a website is not obligated to update or remove a snapshot of time which at one time was public record. There are few sites which claim to accept expungements and out of those few, most requests go ignored.
Also, many of these sites operate offshore where US law does not apply anyway. Trying to sue or enforce any current or future US laws on a website operating in a country like Pakistan has it’s challenges.

Q:  Isn’t it extortion to pay to have my mugshot removed?!
(we are not defending these sites, only providing an explanation of the current law)
A:  No. Extortion is the practice of obtaining something, especially money, through force or threats.
These sites are not forcing or threatening you to pay them to remove your arrest information. Through the Freedom of Information Act, they have the right to publish content. It’s a choice one makes to want an arrest record removed, not a right. At least until the law says otherwise.

Q:  What is the cost?
A:  Cost varies person to person depending on a combination of factors. How many arrest, how many sites but more importantly, which sites are publishing the arrest. At we can provide a free estimate upon request.
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