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I found this article to be very interesting and sad because it impacts so many good people. I've had dozens and dozens of cases where my clients were wrongfully accused and arrested but their charges were later dismissed or they were acquitted after trial. Regardless, their mug shots still appear online. There is currently no law in the State of Florida (and many other states) that limits the unscrupulous behavior of these companies who post mug shots not only of those presumed innocent but who have actually been found by a judge or jury to be innocent. Instead, these companies extort "for a fee" anyone with a mugshot to have it removed. Of course, as soon as it is removed from one company, it pops up on another unscrupulous company website. Even worse - and this is something only briefly mentioned in the article - there are actually companies and even so called criminal defense lawyers who offer "mug shot removal" services (for a fee of course). Seems to me that the answer must be through legislature. Unfortunately, I've learned not to expect much from our Florida legislature.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/06/business/mugged-by-a-mug-shot-online.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Categories: Federal Crimes