GEORGIA LEGISLATURE CHANGES MUGSHOT LAWS
A few months ago we talked about the legality of having your mugshot posted all over the internet (see: Georgia Mugshot Websites). Recently, the Georgia General Assembly took another hard stance against companies who prey on those who are booked through Georgia jails. Our legislature made some drastic changes to the Georgia mugshot laws.
Georgia law now requires that law enforcement agencies refrain from posting booking photographs on their jail inmate website. The General Assembly went on to limit access to any booking photographs by restricting access to those who are (1) not using the photo for purposes for written publication or website publication; and (2) the person trying to obtain the photograph is not asking for removal or deletion of the booking photograph in exchange for money. Law Enforcement agencies now can only release photographs to individuals who sign a statement affirming that the use of the photograph will NOT be for purposes of mugshot websites.
The General Assembly obviously recognized there was a serious problem with websites extorting those who have been booked through the criminal process. Already, the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department has taken steps to remove all photographs from their jail website in accordance with the new law. Hopefully, these steps will put an end to for profit mugshot websites.
Please contact our office today at 404-581-0999 if you have been arrested in Georgia and you need help getting your mugshot removed.