Being arrested for committing a crime can be a very embarrassing and humbling
experience. One moment you are going about your business just like you
would on any other day, then suddenly you are put in handcuffs, placed
under arrest, told to pose for a mug shot and fingerprinted. When the
charges against you are finally dismissed, or you are found not guilty
and thus are free to go, you probably feel quite relieved and glad you
are able to put that moment in your life behind you. Due to numerous for
profit mug-shot websites, your story unfortunately may not end there.
Websites like busted.com and mugshots.com have built their business models
around collecting police photos of individuals immediately after they
are placed under arrest. They then post these images on their websites,
regardless of whether or not the arrestees' cases were dismissed.
To many, this is easily clearly a violation of an arrestee's legal
rights. The only way a person could remove their image was to pay the
hundreds of dollars in fees each mug-shot website required. As the mug-shot
websites were known for ranking high in Google searches thus making it
easy for any potential employer, business associate, investor or other
individual to find the mug shot, millions of individuals felt they had
no other choice but to give in and pay the costly fees.
Then earlier this year, in an effort to put an end to the alleged extortion
of the millions of innocent Americans who have found their mug shots on
one or more of these websites, many different lawsuits as well as one
class-action lawsuit began being filed against these sites. More fallout
occurred after a hard-hitting article on the subject appeared in the
NY Times. Google announced that it would be adjusting its ranking algorithm so
that for profit mug-shot sites would no longer appear at the top of search
results. MasterCard, American Express, Discover and PayPal also committed
to cutting their ties with such companies and stated they would no longer
allow these types of sites to run transactions using their cards.
If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense in Daytona
Beach it is vital that you take immediate action to hire legal counsel.
An experienced Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney from our firm can
be counted upon to protect your rights and provide you with the aggressive
representation needed to help you obtain the most optimum results for
your case. For years the attorneys here at
Buckmaster & Ellzey have been strong advocates for our clients' rights. We take pride
in having helped countless individuals success fight their charges and
retain their freedom. We do not back down in the face of adversity and
we always work hard to stay at least one step ahead of the prosecution.
From the beginning of your case all the way through to the end, we are
here for you. If you are in need of legal counsel, contact our firm right away.