How to Remove Arrests News Articles and Mugshot Images from Google
Posts on the internet about a person that is completely fake, false, inaccurate, or present the individual in an untrue negative way, is called online defamation.
Negative Online Public Relations can have profoundly negative and far-reaching consequences.
Negative Online PR can result in great embarrassment and the development of fear and anxiety in social situations. Imagine that you are dating a woman and she googles you. Imagine that you just met new friends and they found out everything about your past on Google.
In terms of tangible effects on one’s life, negative public relations can lead to a loss of social standing and a narrowing of one’s social community around you.
You can become easily the victim of your own negative public relations: New and current employers who google the individual’s name may decide to terminate, not hire, or pass the person over for a promotion they otherwise would have received.
In short, arrest records or criminal records that are present online will have a negative effect on how other people perceive your character and can cause a number of social and professional problems. Those old police records are unacceptable and they are defamatory.
In some states that have laws regulating mugshot websites, you can force the website to remove the photo if you have been absolved of the charges that led to the arrest or those charges have been expunged after the completion of community service or probation.
Other states make it illegal for the sites’ publishers’ to charge a fee for removal of a mugshot under any circumstances–whether you were guilty or not. As long as it was online, your reputation has been damaged already, of course when removed it will help a lot with your future relationships, either personal or business but the people who has already been exposed to your mugshots will remember those images for a long period of time.
Those mugshots of yours are harming your career or personal life, the only practical thing to do is suck it up and pay the website to take them down. But you have to be smart about paying and that’s where experienced counsel can help. Why? Because the mugshots get scooped up on multiple websites. Many clients who contacted Webcide.com with complaints about mugshots aren’t even aware of all the sites where they have been published.
You have to know how to undertake a deep search to find all the sites that are publishing the photos and the knowledgeable attorneys at Webcide.com can do that for you. Paying off a mugshot site but failing to track down all of the places online where the mugshots appear is spending money for nothing, a total loss of funds. Our skilled attorneys are experts in removing online material that could be lethal for your reputation.
Mugshot sites have also proliferated thanks to open access laws in many states that make all arrest records publicly available. Technology has facilitated mugshot entrepreneurs’ capacity to locate and disseminate mugshots, he says. Screenshot taking programs allow mugshot companies to scoop up new and old mugshots from law enforcement agencies and to post them on their own sites. In addition, “search engine optimization” methods allow the sites to tag photos so that they turn up at the top of the results when someone enters your name into Google or another search engine.
Those mugshot websites are built in a way to rank on top of page one of your Google search results, their webpages. These websites need to make sure that your arrests case is showing up each time that someone Googles you. This is the way they make money.
Many of the mugshot sites are actually “reputation management” sites that offer to scrub the embarrassing arrest photos from the internet. Remember this :many of the mugshot websites will not remove mugshots even if the charges have been dismissed, dropped, or downgraded or when no charges were actually filed. Many will not remove the mugshot even if the individual is acquitted of the charges or if the conviction is expunged or sealed. Why? Because they are an online extortion business and as long as you do not pay them, they will never remove the mugshots.
Then when you will pay them, they will realize that you are a cash cow for them and you are ready to pay for removing the negative images, so they will remove it from the website you paid to, but will publish your mugshot again on another website they own.
It sounds like extortion to many whose photos appear on these sites. This a pure online crime of blackmail.
Given the muddled character of this area of criminal law, it is difficult for anyone to know with certainty what practices by a mugshot company would cross the line into blackmail. Mugshot entrepreneurs barricade themselves behind the free speech guarantees embedded in the U.S. Constitution.
The Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230 (the “CDA”), is considered by many to be a law that is a “linchpin” of the Internet. Simply stated, it is responsible for allowing the Internet to operate how it does today. Under the CDA, popular websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Ripoff Report, Yelp!, and even Google have immunity from most civil lawsuits and claims arising from publication of third party content.
And, under the CDA, websites such as Yelp! have complete discretion to remove, edit, and restrict access to third-party content. It’s no small secret that many sites use this power to profit, and, demand payment in exchange for removing or editing unwanted material.
For businesses and individuals listed on these mugshot sites, having to pay money to remove or edit content can feel unfair. In fact, many assert that this type of activity is more than just “unfair,” that it is, in fact, unlawful, and constitutes extortion. Although there may exist circumstances where this is the case, as the title of this post suggests, a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the consumer review website Yelp!, Inc. affirms that most of the time it’s completely legal for a website to demand payment in exchange for removing or altering content.
Anyway, as said above, you have to be extra careful not to pay certain sites, because they will public again your mugshots and arrest records on other websites they own.
Our Reputation Team does not like to pay any of the websites from removals. Because of one single reason: we cannot guarantee that the same mugshot will appear again and again, on additional websites.
Our team of Internet Defamation Lawyers will take aggressive legal takedown actions against those website owners and will pursue the process until all the negative information regarding your arrest has not been permanently deleted from all their websites.
Webcide.com mission is to clear your online reputation permanently and create for you a new positive online reputation that will secure a bright future.
Past mistakes, doesn’t have to ruin your entire future.
Webcide.com is committed to create for you a better life with improved business opportunities, stop being ashamed of what has been published about you, it is time to start a new life.