Please note that this page is only applicable to Georgia residents whose arrest occurred in Georgia.
On April 3rd, 2013 the state of Georgia sent House Bill 150 to the Governor's office for his signature. GA House Bill 150 is a bill concerning "the reproduction of arrest booking photographs". The bill became law on May 6th, 2013. This is a win for both the residents of Georgia and for JustMugshots.com, as we already provide more free removal options than what the bill would require us to offer.
What does the law say?
The law (GA House Bill 150) requires us to perform a free removal within 30 days for individuals meeting the following conditions:
(i) Access to his or her case or charges was restricted pursuant to Code Section 35-3-37;
(ii) Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, his or her case was never referred for further prosecution to the proper prosecuting attorney by the arresting law enforcement agency and the offense against such individual was closed by the arresting law enforcement agency;
(iii) Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, the statute of limitations expired;
(iv) Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, his or her case was referred to the prosecuting attorney but was later dismissed;
(v) Prior to indictment, accusation, or other charging instrument, the grand jury returned two no bills;
(vi) After indictment or accusation, all charges were dismissed or nolle prossed;
(vii) After indictment or accusation, the individual pleaded guilty to or was found guilty of possession of a narcotic drug, marijuana, or stimulant, depressant, or hallucinogenic drug and was sentenced in accordance with the provisions of Code Section 16-13-2, and the individual successfully completed the terms and conditions of his or her probation; or
(viii) The individual was acquitted of all of the charges by a judge or jury.
How do I apply for a free removal under GA HB 150?
The bill states that an individual must do the following to take advantage of a free removal via GA HB 150:
"Within 30 days of the sending of a written request by a subject individual, including his or her name, date of birth, date of arrest, and the name of the arresting law enforcement agency, such person shall, without fee or compensation, remove from such person's website the subject individual's arrest booking photograph. Such written request shall be transmitted via certified mail, return receipt requested, or statutory overnight delivery, to the registered agent, principal place of business, or primary residence of the person who published the website."
In Practical Terms, you must...
- Meet the requirements of GA HB150
- Submit your dismissal, seal, or expungement documentation to us
- Send it to us via: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Allow 30 days for document verification and final mugshot removal
It has always been the policy of JustMugshots.com to remove mugshots for free in the situations described above. We generally process your request within 10 business days, and usually much sooner. Our current courtesy removal policy also saves you the time and hassle associated with standing in line at the post office and paying for a USPS certified letter, return receipt requested ($6.11), or USPS overnight delivery ($19.95 flat rate). Finally, our courtesy removal policy is simply faster, easier, and more environmentally friendly as all paperwork and requests are handled electronically.