Sunshine State Set to Become Less Shady ūüėé

After 5 subsequent legislative sessions of introducing bills to address an ongoing mugshot extortion website problem, Florida‚Äôs government finally said ‚Äúenough is enough‚ÄĚ and SB 118 was signed by the Governor on June 16th. Here is a quick reminder on how this new law will regulate the online mugshot industry:

-Any person or entity engaged in commercial mugshot publishing may not solicit or accept a fee or other form of payment to remove the photographs.

-A person whose arrest booking photograph is published or otherwise disseminated, or his or her legal representative, may make a request, in writing, for the removal of an arrest booking photograph.

-10 after days after written request has been made, refusal to remove an arrest booking photograph constitutes an unfair or deceptive trade practice in accordance with part II of chapter 501, Florida Statutes.

Please remember SB 118 will not go effective until July 1st, 2018. In the meantime, if your photograph is on a Florida removal scam site (like for example) it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to file a complaint with the State‚Äôs Attorney General and mention SB 118 because her office serves as an enforcing authority for Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Also, if you get a chance, check out

Believe it or not, Sunshine State reporters have been unable to find anything nice to say about this newly enrolled piece of legislation intended to give ‚Äúthose who have repaid their debt to society, as well as for those who have been arrested but never convicted of a crime‚ÄĚ a better shot at securing employment. According to an open government ‚Äúscore card‚ÄĚ cooked-up by the press, lawmakers who voted favorably on SB 118 received a point reduction. So ‚ÄĒfor what it is worth‚ÄĒ would like to thank every member of the House and Senate for their unanimous show of hands and award all of them an ‚ÄúA+‚ÄĚ for taking necessary action.

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Please Ask Florida’s Governor to Sign SB 118!

The Florida media organized against Florida SB 118 shortly after its recent passage through the state’s legislature and is now urging the Governor to veto it. Newspaper editorial boards are all the sudden worried about an amendment to the bill that was added back in the beginning of April that provides automatic administrative sealing of arrest records for those found not guilty, acquitted, or who never make it to trial. Keep in mind not one lawmaker in either the house or senate voted against this bill. The press had an entire month to voice their wholehearted concerns regarding this provision but chose to wait and coordinate editorials against it at the last minute in an abrupt, last ditch effort to kill the bill.

A central argument behind not automatically expunging records is name dropping defendants of well-publicized arrests and court cases like George Zimmerman who due to failure in the judicial system were acquitted. SB 118 in no way restricts news commentary on arrests or ongoing trials (or subsequent arrests as in the case of Zimmerman.)

For those of you who aren’t acquitted murderers and likely enjoyed practical obscurity in the headlines from a past arrest, please contact Florida Governor Rick Scott and ask him to sign this common sense piece of legislation protecting the due process rights of those who are innocent until proven guilty.

The Honorable Rick Scott
Office of the Governor
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

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SB 118 and More News

SB 118 made its way through Florida Senate hearings last month. This proposed law will allow someone whose booking photo is on a site that offers payment for removal to “bring a civil action to enjoin the¬†continued publication or dissemination of the photograph if the¬†photograph is not removed within 10 calendar days after receipt¬†of the written request for removal.” Furthermore the bill reads, “Refusal to remove an arrest booking photograph after¬†written request has been made constitutes an unfair or deceptive¬†trade practice in accordance with part II of chapter 501,¬†Florida Statutes.”

The State of Texas filed a bill back in March looking to improve its existing law regulating mugshot sites. HB 4201¬†would reduce the legal mugshot removal fee from $150 to $0. As well as, prohibit a law enforcement agency from posting mugshots on a website “unless the person depicted in the photograph has been finally convicted for the offense in connection with which the photograph was taken.” The bill still allows for release of the records upon request. Refraining from publishing people’s mugshots en masse online until they are actually found guilty sounds like a good policy for all law¬†enforcement agencies so please contact Texas lawmakers and ask that they support this legislation.

In case you’ve missed some of the recent news about mugshot sites, here are a few articles:

The Chicago Tribune reports a federal lawsuit seeking class action status out of Illinois.

The New York Times followed up on a 2013 piece, once again bringing the issue to Google’s attention. It looks like the website featured in this particular story ( is no longer ranking very high in google search results. Let’s hope the SEO downgrade is permanent. But in case it is not, please be aware the website’s “general manager” is capable of removing mugshots with a few clicks before you consider paying any of those go-between reputation companies:

Please help support the cause against the online mugshot extortion racket by asking your elected officials to pass 2017 legislation.


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2017 Legislation Update

Earlier in 2016, Ohio HB 172 (Creates fair and accurate publishing of criminal records law) unaminsouly passed through the state House then the Senate but was unable to make it to the Governor’s desk before the session ended. The bill is planned to be reintroduced to the Ohio Legislature in the 2017 regular session.

For the 5th year in a row, Florida lawmakers have drafted legislation hoping to get rid of online mugshot scams (SB 118). More on the many issues behind this bill later‚Ķ But again, the Sunshine State also happens to be ground zero for the national online mugshot extortion dilemma ‚ÄĒso please don’t hesitate to contact Florida lawmakers and ask them to support SB 118 when they convene March 7th.

North Carolina recently filed a bill (HB 18) that would exempt mugshots from public record. This isn’t the first time NC lawmakers have proposed doing so. Much like those who disagree with a recent Federal Court ruling in favor of individual privacy, seemingly concerned journalists solely want to place blame on those shady extortive mugshot websites for inspiring the government to take this kind of action. Perhaps these same reporters should give themselves and their colleagues a share of the credit for taking part in commercially over-publicizing mugshots. Numerous North Carolina media outlets like WRAL publish ‚Äúmugshot galleries‚ÄĚ for clicks¬†under the guise of journalism.

Meanwhile in South Dakota, advocates of SB 25 are probably hoping that any negative publicity associated with the exploitive practice of for-profit mugshot publishing doesn’t blow their chances of making booking photographs part of public record. South Dakota is one of the few states where these photos are currently not made public. Expanding the online mugshot extortion industry‚Äôs clientele base is a very avoidable circumstance ‚ÄĒso long as South Dakota legislators, as well as, the attorney general choose not to ignore the laws passed by 14 other states. SB 25 should include a provision to discourage despicable profiteers from exploiting unbridled access to these records if this bill is going to be signed into law. Today, SB 25 was advanced by the South Dakota Senate judiciary committee with a vote of 6-1. The one senator who opposed the measure said¬†“The photos, if made public record, are available to literally anyone,”… “My concern is with the unintended consequences of what we‚Äôre doing here.”

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Due to the insistence of media lobbying organizations, the Florida Legislature has disappointingly left mugshot site bills sitting on the table year after year. Meanwhile, people all over the USA continue to be hit up for money by profiteers hustling online mugshots within this state., described in a recent press release as a ‚Äútop 5 aggressive mugshot website‚ÄĚ, is a perfect example of this problematic situation made possible by the Sunshine State.

I attempted several times to contact the owners of this up-and-coming mugshot scam in order to ask them why google‚Äôs search results lists their site falsely stating that individuals arrested years ago are ‚Äúcurrently incarcerated‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒbut had no luck. While I was searching for contact info for, I found the site was previously registered by Florida residents organized as Kyle Grant 1 LLC in November 2015. During that time directly charged $74.99 for mugshot removal according to archived records of this website. The going rate for mugshot removal is currently at $399.

A recently updated business address found on points to the same individuals¬†according to public record. I noticed this website links to another site solely sharing the same IP address also registered under Kyle Grant 1 LLC called Its worth noting that this LLC has registered several ‚Äúbail bondsman‚ÄĚ domains but no records could be found indicating that anyone within the organization is licensed to preform that service in the state of Florida.

Another website called popped up just last month obviously looking to capitalize on business opportunities created by this hot new scam. The removal site claims:

‚ÄúNo. We are NOT We are not owned by a mugshot website. We are an Independent Removal Company and we charge for Removals.¬† We just happen to have extremely intelligent people in our SEO marketing department that figured out that by looking like and having a name similar to we would get the most traffic. They were right!‚ÄĚ

BUYER BEWARE: Similar claims by similar websites have been proven to not be exactly true. The removal site goes on to make a plain warning for customers (as many other sites do):

‚ÄúIf we discover that you have filed a charge back after services rendered then we can guarantee you that your mugshot will not only get re indexed in Google but will remain their permanently.‚ÄĚ

-Gosh, they really sound serious about making sure no one tries to screw them out of their money.

Please continue to contact state lawmakers in Florida and ask them to put an end to the unethical dealings within the online commercial mugshot industry.

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Citing Online Publication and Privacy, Feds Exempt Mugshots From FOIA

Attention State Lawmakers and Staffers,

The United States Government has just closed a loop-hole within the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals by overturning a 1996 ruling that gave the press routine access to federal mugshots. Agreeing with previous decisions by the 10th and 11th circuit courts, a vote of 9-7 concluded that these records do not have to be released under the Federal Freedom of Information Act.PrivatePropertySign

Judge Deborah Cook writes:

“…booking photos need not be released when requested by media under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

She said the internet gives criminal defendants a “non-trivial” privacy interest in their photos, which can stay online for years, that they lacked in 1996, when photos might appear on TV or in print media and then never been seen again.

A disclosed booking photo casts a long, damaging shadow over the depicted individual,” Cook wrote. “In 1996, this court could not have known or expected that a booking photo could haunt the depicted individual for decades. Experience has taught us otherwise.‚ÄĚ

However, attorneys representing media outlets have been fighting for access to these photos for decades and hinted at a possible appeal to the supreme court in response to the decision.

We ask that elected state officials acknowledge the clear privacy interests outlined by this court’s latest ruling and continue to introduce legislation to curb the exploitative practice of online commercial mugshot publishing.

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Help Reach A 1,000 Signatures On This Petition is asking for YOUR HELP reaching the goal of only 1,000 signatures on this online petition in opposition of mugshot website scams.  Just as soon as the 1,000 signature goal is met, will go down the list of companies advertising on and share this petition with all of them!  


Thank you for your support!


For even more info on how you can help MAKE A DIFFERENCE visit

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Another Win For Online Mugshot Scam Victims

Thanks to readers like you, the 2nd Annual Mugshot Extortion Awareness Month was an overwhelming success. If you haven’t already seen’s spectacular six-part investigative documentary inspecting the commercial mugshot industry then with my highest recommendation I encourage you to check it out:

In even more great news, legislation in Kentucky aimed at stopping mugshot scams successfully made its way through the state’s senate earlier this month and shortly will be placed on¬†the Governor’s desk for autographing. This makes Kentucky the 14th state in the nation to specifically pass a law against these types of scams.

As always thank you for supporting the cause of changing the law to stop mugshot extortion.

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Mugshot Site Owner Publishes Own Booking Photograph

The commercial mugshot industry’s “2015 Trendsetter Award” goes to Busted! Mugshots’ visionary, Kyle Prall, for being the first mugshot website owner to actually publish his own booking photograph. Under Prall’s brilliant leadership, Busted! Mugshots grew from a locally sold shame rag into a nation-wide extortion scam.kylepralldwi2

Mr. Prall’s other achievements include a 2013 class-action lawsuit settlement in which he agreed to stop charging money to remove mugshots from his website.

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My Opinion: Why google should treat revenge porn and mugshot sites the same.

A few year’s back Google adjusted its search algorithm to demote mugshot sites. While that was a nice try and a great start, this company should do more like extending¬†the same courtesy to mugshot scam victims that revenge porn site victims have to remove links from search results. Also, this company shouldn’t allow mugshot removal scams to take place on blogspot.

Until recently, James Howard Patton of Navasota, Texas, was using google’s blogspot platform to operate a “sexy” mugshot website which surprisingly promoted a removal site that he also happened to operate. The lucky women deemed sexy enough to make an appearance on his site were tagged in such a fashion that ensured their prominent ranking in a google search query. He also took it upon himself to editorialize upon official charges brought against these women. Here’s one example:

“According to public arrest records, it seems [name remove] knows how to¬†make a fool of herself –with a little booze.”

The irony is, of course, that this former funeral home director has a history of being very sensitive about others mentioning the salacious details of his 2009 arrest for abuse of a corpse. JamesHowardPattonTexastroll

I felt it was bullshit that someone who got busted taking naughty pictures with a non-consenting female corpse while under investigation by police for online harassment of his ex-girlfriend was trying to pull off a mugshot scam targeting women half his age –so I decided to launch a protest. In response to this protest, Patton offered to remove all mugshots from his blog site for free along with his associated removal site:JamesPattonmugshotremoval

So far, it looks like Patton has posted statements on only about a dozen websites basically expressing how strongly he disagrees with anyone interfering with his first amendment right to use public records in order to scam people. One of his criticisms towards this blog is actually not all that far off:

“I can’t seem to get it through my fuckin’ thick skull that¬†mugshots and public records are public information”

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to contact lawmakers about the commercial misuse of mugshots.


I found another sketchy website the other day called Check out the homepage banner:ohmybanner

That crying girl is a real nice touch, but even more charming is that their disclaimer almost looks like it was actually written by a real lawyer:

The information included on this website is for entertainment and informational purposes only and is reflective of actual news reports, stories and feeds from around the world, including appropriate source links and text. The informational materials are not the creation of the site‚Äôs owner. In any legal cases concerning those charged or accused, the site owner believes in the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise in a court of law. The information contained herein is not intended as a platform for offending anyone or any party involved directly or indirectly. Furthermore, it is not intended as an outlet to defame, purge or humiliate anyone or any party involved directly or indirectly. Comments left by visitors and viewers are the sole responsibility of the comment authors and in no way reflect the opinions or views of the site‚Äôs owner. The owner cannot verify the accuracy of any information provided by the reporting news sources and source links and takes no responsibility over validity of information posted in comments sections. Those leaving comments, any sites linking to this site, as well as any news sources are in no way affiliated with the site‚Äôs owner. The owner is not responsible for any information shared with another party, website or additional media outlet. This site is not compensated to present or for the presentation of any material contained herein. Mugshots appearing on this website are pulled from the governing agencies in which the photo originated. Any additional photos may be collected from a variety of ‚Äúpublic‚ÄĚ profiles and sources.

Conveniently, this website’s owner is nice enough to provide a few links to what I’m sure is yet another trustworthy reputation outfit called The blogger(s) at keep their readers up to date about current events¬†surrounding¬†mugshot sites. Here is just one example of a priceless insight:

“At least, you say, the mugshot websites can no longer make any money, right?
 Well, not so fast. If you visit any of these sites, you will notice banner advertisements. When a visitor clicks on one of the ads, guess who makes a commission?

Bet the lawyers and the lawmakers didn‚Äôt see that one coming.”


Now, I just don’t feel that last comment was very fair of Mr. James Howard Patton given that people in Texas have gone to an awful lot of trouble in order to stop “businessmen” like him:

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Mr. Patton’s websites aren’t ranked high in the search engines yet (and please don’t visit them) but I think America is sick and tired of these same old scams. BUT if you’re STILL NOT CONVINCED that google should continue to thwart mugshot websites then CLICK HERE:

Is Former Houston Funeral Director James Howard Patton A Necrophiliac?

For more completely unrelated news, here is another blog’s take on this particular website:

JANUARY 14, 2015

Mugshot blog exploits attractive female criminals — Are you one of them?


The internet is still relatively new ( only 25-years-old). So, it’s a lot like the wild west. While there are plenty of¬†laws¬†pertaining to use and behavior while online (depending on state/country), there are still parts of the web that are pretty much lawless — and there are also parts of the web that push the envelope when it comes to free¬†speech¬†and use of public records.¬†The blog¬†Oh My Mugshot¬†is one of those sites that pushes that envelope,¬†to the point that may be offensive to some people. That’s especially if you’re an attractive woman who’s ever been arrested.
The blog’s writer(s) peruse the internet several times a week to¬†find the¬†latest arrests — and the accompanying¬†mugshots¬†ordinarily shared by media reports or police departments from all over the country. They sift through these¬†mugshots¬†to¬†find the¬†most attractive women and then they search the names in Facebook and on other¬†social media networks. From there, a¬†profile¬†is posted publicly onthe blog¬†showing an attractive selfie or other¬†photo¬†posted to the women’s public profiles alongside their embarrassing¬†mugshots.

The mugshot blog has been up for a year or two, and it doesn’t look like it will end any time soon. That’s because it’s somehow affiliated with a service that charges people to have their¬†mugshots¬†removed from the internet — which seems like quite the scam. Have you ever been arrested anywhere in¬†the United States? Is your mugshot publicly available online through a police department or any other source? If so, you may want to search the¬†Oh My Mugshot¬†blog to see if you’re one of the numerous women being exploited for click money.

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Recent¬†studies have shown that one in three people under the age of 23-years-old have been arrested, which is an astonishing number of people.¬†USA Today¬†reports that¬†the arrests of young people have become rather commonplace, which is an unfortunate side effect of new policies and laws. Getting arrested when you’re young — or really¬†any age¬†— is not a big deal when the crimes committed aren’t serious, but unfortunately¬†mugshots¬†can — and do — become publicly available. They’re shared in media reports, released by police departments and even posted in public places in some situations.

Your mugshot can be used against you in many ways:

Potential¬†employers, landlords or property¬†managers¬†may choose not to hire you or rent to you based on seeing your mugshot in a Google¬†search. It’s one thing to be able to view an arrest report with¬†your name¬†attached to it, but¬†mugshots¬†ordinarily show us when we’re at our worst. That’s not a good impression to give a potential¬†employer¬†or someone who may rent a home to you.

Friends, family members or potential lovers may alienate you. If your mugshot is easily found online, people in your life may distance themselves from you to avoid social embarrassment.

Bullies may use the mugshot against you to embarrass you or torment you.

Worse yet, companies and individuals may use your mugshot to promote their services or advertise their businesses. Your image may be used right now without you even knowing about it. Your mugshot could also go viral and become a meme. Nobody wants that.

If your mugshot is on this blog and you want it removed, there are two ways to go about this. 

  1. If you have been cleared of the charges related to the arrest/mugshot discussed on this blog, contact Crime Scene Media with a scanned copy showing the dismissal of your case or the innocent ruling.

2.  Click here and have your mugshot removed from the internet.

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