Mugshotsonline.com Stops Accepting Money for Records Removal

mugshots-stop-accepting-paymentsBetween actions taken by the financial industry and actions taken by Google, mug shot websites are struggling. In fact, Mugshotsonline.com is struggling enough that they are no longer accepting payment for mugshot removal.

This isn’t entirely good news. It means that for the time being, nobody will have the direct ability to remove mugshots at all. The pop-up notice on the site reads:

We are in the process of altering our arrest record removal policy and are unable to remove this record at this time. Effective immediately, we will no longer be accepting payment for any record removal. Please check back with us in the next few weeks for further information and removal instructions for expunged, sealed, or deceased cases.

What does this mean for you if you have a mugshot stored online? It means that right now your best option is to work with someone who can suppress those records.

It’s true that Google has pushed the mugshot websites themselves down in the search results. But that doesn’t mean that they’re falling far enough in the search results to prevent a mug shot from showing up if someone searches for your name. This is especially true if you don’t have a lot of positive web properties to work with. If that mug shot is virtually your only record online then that’s all that’s going to show up for you, regardless of Google’s decision to penalize Mugshotsonline and similar websites.

Therefore, you need to work with someone who can create those properties for you. That way, Google has some material to work with as it decides what does and does not need to go to the top of the search engine results page.

You also need to be cognizant of what’s happening on other sites. Other mugshot sites may still offer avenues for a removal company to help. There are over 30 mugshot websites and each one of them is a little bit different. (This is, incidentally, also why mugshots seem to migrate from site to site–there’s so many of them and they’re all pulling their mug shots from the same source).

The mugshot industry may seem to be on the run, but they might just adapt, too. And in the meantime, those records are still sitting there, having an impact on your life and future unless you take the steps that will help you manage them.