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Complaint Review: Mugshots.com - Unpublisharrest.com

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  • Submitted: Fri, November 30, 2012
  • Updated: Sat, December 08, 2012

  • Reported By: Serge — Langhorne Pennsylvania United States of America
Mugshots.com - Unpublisharrest.com
Internet United States of America

Mugshots.com - Unpublisharrest.com Chase Johnson Trying to extort money to have my mugshot removed Internet

*Consumer Comment: Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I'm a French citizen and I live in the USA (Pennsylvania) since 1997. I never had any problems with the law in France nor in the USA but in 2007 I had some domestic problems with my wife and I got in big trouble. It was a very difficult time for me as my father who lived in France was very sick and there was a lot of tension between my wife and my mother in France. I was getting blame because I wasn't there permanently to help her with my father's condition. Though I was getting back and forth to visit my parents and I was unemployed at that time. One day I was very depressed and was drinking a little too much, my wife came home and tried to grab the bottle away from me. I pushed her back and her head hit the wall. She called the police and I was arrested. I spent a few days in jail as I couldn't pay the bail ye and I had to take a lawyer. My wife dropped the charges but the Bucks County court house didn't and I pleaded guilty of these charges. I was sentenced to take domestic classes.

I found a new job and unfortunately a few months later I was laid off because of the bad economic conditions then my father died and I had to go home again for the burial. Since then I'm struggling to find another job and to have a
criminal background doesn't help at all when employers run a background check on me but the worst is that they don't need to do that as they can run my name on Google and find all these information on Mugshot.com.... I contacted the
agent for that site and they asked me for $399 to have my mugshot removed from their site, with what money???... I didn't pay enough with the court fees, the lawyer, the domestic violence classes? I read a lot of complaints from other
people online who are in the same situation as mine and it seems this company/site seem to be running some illegal activity to extort money I dont understand why the Justice in the USA allow that type of scam and why is this site still running and nobody does anything to stop?...

I hope you can help me and give me some advices on how to resolve this problem.

Thank you for your consideration.

Here's the copy of the letter I received from Unpublisharrest.com :

Your email was forwarded to my attention.

> Unpublisharrest.com is an exclusive agent for The Mugshots.com Database,

> and is authorized to submit an application for permanent exclusion from the

> published Mugshots.com Database.

> The application for permanent exclusion from the published Mugshots.com

> Database carries a cost of $399.00; per incident and only if the record(s)

> are eligible for permanent exclusion from the published Mugshots.com

> Database.

> If eligible, the record(s) will be unpublished from The Mugshots.com

> Database within 24-36 hours. Furthermore exclusion documents will be

> forwarded to Google to remove the direct links; this process can take 3 to

> 30 days.
 

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Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

AUTHOR: Roger Miller - (United States of America)

Michael J Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Michael Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Mike Robertson owns Mugshots.com

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com

Attorneys on Avvo have made the comments below. Would they have made these comments if it was them or their children on Mugshots.com? I don't think so!

"The mugshot is public information. Anyone could have looked it up as soon as the government publicized it. It could have been printed in the paper or broadcast on tv. A radio announcer could have described it."

"Mugshots are public records of the actions of the government. It is lawful everywhere in the U.S., so far as I know, to publish documents and photographs that are public records of the actions of the government. People are apoplectic about the existence of these mugshot sites but they are an unfortunatelyhumiliating byproduct of open government and the First Amendment. "

"When the police book you and take your photo after your arrest, that photo is a governmental document. We live in a democratic country where most governmental documents are not secret and anyone can obtain a copy. "

"Unfortunately, it is public record. There are services where you can pay for removal for a fee. There is not much you can do because it is public record and you were arrested."

"Sorry, but the pictures are public record and they can be posted online. We have had a half-dozen or more questions asking this very same question. The answer is the same and the answer is that this is totally legal. If you want to stop this you will have to change the law in your state. Until then, as long as the pictures are public record there is little you can do."

"it appears to be legal. One way to view it is via 1st Amendment protections that would apply to a newspaper or radio station. In our small community, every non-juvenile arrest goes to the 8:00 AM radio and in the newspapes. Some news stories include the mug shot."

"the website is within its rights to post the mugshot"

"MugShots.com and other mug shot display websites base their existence on the rule that mug shots are public, official records, and that a citizen does not have a state law privacy interest in them. Further, under the First Amendment, most official, public records can be obtained with permission, third-party release, or proper request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), if they are not already publicly-available documents to begin with. 

If the official mug shot is part of an arrest record, the mug shot could be considered part of the public domain in some jurisdictions. Even if a mug shot is not officially considered part of an arrest record, it is generally a photographic record in the public domain and the laws of most jurisdictions allow one to request and obtain these types of records. 

Some states recognize a common law right to privacy, and the Appeals Courts are split on whether or not a citizen who is arrested (and of course, presumed innocent until proven guilty) would be entitled to demand that their mug shots be removed from websites if they are later acquitted. 

MugShots.com, in particular, offers a courtesy removal process in certain instances, although they vehemently protect these options as a mere courtesy, and not a legal requirement."

Michael J Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Michael Robertson owns Mugshots.com
Mike Robertson owns Mugshots.com

Who owns mugshots.com? Michael Robertson owns mugshots.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeljrobertson

Michael Robertson Linkedin profile: 

Michael Robertson Founder & CEO, Mugshots.com
Miami, Florida (Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area) Information Technology and Services
Current job: Founder & CEO at Mugshots.com / Mugshots.com CEO
July 2011 Present (1 year 4 months)

"Within 18 months we were able to put together a team, buy a domain without a website, and turn it into a world's top 1,000 website destination.

To make contact visit Mugshots.com and contact via the website. For all Unpublishing inquiries contact UnpublishArrest.com or call 800-276-2540."

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