Class Action Lawsuit Against Mugshot Websites

Have you Googled yourself lately?

If you have been arrested in recent years, then chances are that your booking photo is on the internet.  It is common practice for law enforcement websites to post booking photos. Now, however, private websites are popping up all over the internet looking to make money on mugshots. It does not matter if you were found guilty or the charges were dropped all together. When Google indexes your mugshot, the image usually ranks on the first page when a Google search for your name is conducted.   Often times these private websites will not remove your photo in a timely manner unless you pay their fee between $99 to $399.  Worse yet, when a person pays to have their photo taken down, their picture shows up on another website only to have to pay another fee.  It a very costly and frustrating process.  Please use the form below to contact us if you live in Ohio and your mugshot is posted online.

Download: Amended Complaint 

UPDATE:  On October 6, 2013 the New York Times published an article on the Mugshot Industry.  Google and various credit card companies are now helping combat for profit mugshot websites. Click Here to Read more


We’ve received an overwhelming response to our lawsuit and want to thank you for your continued support.  Many of you have asked how you may contribute to our cause.  If you would like to help, we need to find the addresses of website owners.  If you have the ability to find a physical address for and/or any company or persons that are connected to the website, please contact us. You may send us the information using the form below or call our dedicated mugshot lawsuit phone line at (567) 694-6847.

UPDATE:  Prominent Attorneys Fritz Byers and Jon D. Richardson have joined the case.

Fritz Byers, Esq.
414 N. Erie Street
2nd Floor
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone: 419-341-801
3Fax: 419-241-4215
Jon D. Richardson, Esq.
414 N.Erie Street
2nd Floor
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone: 419-241-6168
Fax: 419-241-4215


Other Ways We Can Help:

Helping Ohioans:

  • Certificate of Qualification for Employment (CQE) – Eliminates barriers to employment for people who have a previous felony or misdemeanor conviction.
  • Drivers License Suspensions and Reinstatement
  • Sealing of Criminal Records (Expungement)

Contact us today 419.740.5935 for a case evaluation.


Previously, only first offenders were eligible. Now, the charges below may qualify:

  • 1 felony conviction or less
  • 2 separate misdemeanor convictions if not the same offense;
  • or no more than 1 felony and one 1 misdemeanor

There are also the following time limits to consider. For a misdemeanor, one year must have passed after case is finished. Three years must have passed after case is finished for a felony. If you meet the above guidlines, you may qualify for expungement. However, there are some crimes, such as, DUI, sex offenses that may never be expunged. Contact us for a case evaluation 419.740.5935.

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