Every year I typically receive numerous inquiries about how to remove internet mugshots posted by commercial entities. And, every year before this my answer unfortunately was you could try paying a company, oftentimes an affiliate of the posting entity, to remove your mugshot. Sometimes this worked and sometimes it didn’t.
There is good news this year, however, for those wishing to remove their jail mugshots from the internet. In 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill into law requiring websites that publish mug shots to take them down upon the request of the person pictured. The new law, which takes effect July 1, 2018 also prohibits companies from collecting a fee to remove mug shots.
The new law applies only to websites that charge a fee for the removal of jail mug shots. The law also requires the removal of mug shots without charge within 10 days of a written request. Continue reading