Mugshot Removal in Georgia

Mugshot Removal in Georgia

How to Get Your Mugshot Removed from the Internet

If you get arrested, one of the first things you must do is take a mugshot. It can be humiliating, but what’s worse is that private companies make money off of people’s mugshots, regardless of whether the charges were dropped, or the person was found not guilty. Why?

Many of these private companies post people’s mugshots on their websites for profit purposes. This is because they assume people will not hesitate to pay a fee to get their mugshot removed from the internet, and those companies are right.

Ask yourself, “Would I pay a fee to get my mugshot taken down from Google?” You’re probably thinking “yes.” And you’re not alone.

People have and will continue to pay a fee to get their mugshots removed because anyone can access their picture, birthday, and arrest details on these websites. If your mugshot is online, you could experience the following consequences:

  • Loss of current/future employment
  • Loss of current/prospective housing
  • Loss of financial aid (i.e., loans, scholarships, etc.)
  • Suspension or expulsion from university
  • Loss of relationships
  • Loss of professional licenses/certifications
  • Loss of peace of mind

With this in mind, you should know how to get your mugshot removed to best avoid suffering these devastating losses. You can find a sample mugshot removal letter on the Georgia Justice Project’s (GJP) website by clicking here. Make sure to follow the format correctly and include the following information:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • Arrest date
  • Name of the arresting agency
  • A copy of your final disposition from the court where your case was resolved (optional)

Once you write the letter, you need to send it to the company via certified mail with the return receipt requested or statutory overnight delivery. This is because the company has 30 days from the delivery date to remove your mugshot, so you want to deliver this written request as effectively and accurately as possible.

Eligibility for Mugshot Removal in Georgia

On May 6, 2013, the state of Georgia started offering free mugshot removal services for eligible individuals. If you meet one or more of the following criteria, the website must remove your mugshot for FREE and must do so within 30 days of the date you sent your written request to the company:

  • Access to your case or charges was restricted pursuant to Code Section 35-3-37.
  • Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, your case was never referred for further prosecution and the arresting law enforcement agency closed the charges against you.
  • Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, the statute of limitations expired.
  • Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, your case was referred to the prosecuting attorney but was later dismissed.
  • Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, the grand jury returned two no bills.
  • After indictment or accusation, all charges were dismissed or nolle prossed.
  • After indictment or accusation, you pleaded guilty to or was found guilty of possessing a narcotic drug, marijuana, or stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic drug and successfully completed the terms and conditions of your probation.
  • You were acquitted of all of the charges by a judge or jury.

Need Help Getting Your Mugshot Off the Internet?

If you want to learn if you’re eligible to get your mugshot removed, have questions about the written request, or believe the company is not complying with your request, let us know. Our criminal defense attorneys can guide you through every stage of the process and work to get your mugshot removed from the internet. We understand what’s at stake in your life and will go the distance to ensure you get the peace of mind you deserve.

Give us a call at (866) 580-3089 to learn how we can help!