What exactly is a police record? How does it affect you?

Everyone who has been arrested or booked has a police or criminal record. This police record shows whether or not you have ever been arrested for a crime or criminal activity, or breaking the law. Often potential employers, lenders or other organizations ask to see your police record before you are hired, or join their organization. Using police records in a screening process is becoming very common across all industries and organizations.

Do you have a police record? If you have been arrested, then most likely your police record is in the public domain…meaning it’s available to the public viewing on the internet. It’s completely legal and permitted that police arrest records are considered public property and, can be accessed & shared online after someone is arrested and fingerprinted.

If you have been an arrest record or police record posted online, it will worry you and make you concerned for your online privacy. When potential employers or other organizations view your police records or mugshots websites they will make unfair, negative judgments regarding you, even if you never are convicted, even if the charges are dropped.

Your past mistakes can haunt you for the rest of your life, and this is totally unfair  — especially when you are not convicted of the crime. 

What Can Be Done About Online Police Records?

Your online police record can really damage your online reputation. To figure out how big a problem you might be having, with a police record exposed online, your first step is to check online for police records and see how big a problem you are facing.

Where to find online arrest records

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of websites today that post detailed accounts of police arrests, booking info photos and mugshots.  To find these police arrest mugshots, you can find them by typing your name and then adding the word “mugshot” in a search engine, like Google. These mugshot / police arrest websites also provide other information about you and the arrest, such as:

  • Your Name
  • Date of Birth/ Age at time of arrest
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Eye Color
  • Hair Color

When searching for your mugshot and police arrest record online, you may also police departments websites appear in the search results. Many police departments actually have their own arrest websites which are designed to post daily arrest records. It’s become very common for police departments to have their own websites dedicated to posting police arrest records.

Even worse, there are thousands of independent websites that are cashing in on online police arrest records and mugshots by making this information available online. These businesses are in it for the profit — making their money by charging arrestees fees to remove police arrest records and mugshots from their online website.

How can I remove my online police record?

If you have seen your your mugshot or police arrest record online , do not panic or overreact. Your online police arrest record doesn’t need to stay online forever. There are options available to you to have your personal information removed. These methods include: 

  • Sealing your arrest record. In most cases, when an arrest record is sealed it cannot be seen by public, and will need to be removed by the mugshot website. Even if a potential employer requests a background check, your arrest details will not be accessible or viewable. However, technically speaking, your arrest record will not removed. It still exists and can be accessed by government agencies and other police departments.
  • Expunging your police arrest record. Usually, when an arrest record is expunged, it is removed. This means that the public cannot see the arrest information, as well as all government agencies, including police departments.  Even if they have a court order, the arrest record cannot be accessed.  In the eyes of the law, an expungement means the arrest is entirely wiped clean from your record, like it never happened.
  • Working with a Privacy protection company, who specializes in the removal of online police records and mugshot sites.  MinuteMan Privacy can handle any case – even if you are not sure where to start, just contact us and we can help gets started.