Have you recently searched your name on Google and found that several websites pop up with your mugshot on them?
An article recently published by the ABA Journal highlights just how embarrassing and harmful it can be to your reputation if your picture winds up on a website like mugshots.com, lookwhogotbusted.com, or bustedmugshots.com.
In the article, a Florida criminal defense attorney (who specializes in DUI defense, among others things) wound up with his mug shot on several Internet mug shot sites after he was arrested for a drunken driving incident that also involved a hit-and-run.
To make matter worse, a Google advertisement for the attorney’s law firm was prominently displayed next to his mug shot. It did not take long for this ironic juxtaposition to wind up on national news and gossip websites like Gawker.
Although individuals should be punished for their mistakes, at some point people should not be haunted by their past forever. This is especially true if the charges for an alleged crime are dropped, a person is found not guilty, or a record regarding the crime is sealed or expunged. The ABA article is just one real example of how much a person’s personal and professional reputation can be damaged if immediate action is not taken to remove this type of content from the Internet.
If you are a currently being victimized by having your picture appear on a mug shot website, an experienced Internet attorney may be able to completely remove the unwanted pictures and posts. Contact Aaron Minc the law firm of Meyers Roman Friedberg & Lewis, LPA at (216) 831-0042 or Contact Us today if you have questions about this process and would like one of our experienced Internet attorneys to help you.