It’s a problem for people who get in trouble that mugshots are public record. A mistake, often by a young offender, can be Googled and follow them for the rest of their life. Google actually re-jiggered their search criteria to combat the issue, though even then that doesn’t always do the trick. Even if the official record gets expunged, there mug shot websites still try to ransom people to take their pictures down.
Or, you can take a different tack if you get arrested. Own the mug shot. Heck, people are gonna talk about it anyway, so why not get in front of the story. 18-year-old Alyssa Bathrick of Raleigh, North Carolina, who was arrested for possessing drugs with intent to sell. She told the haters not to hate! Per Alyssa’s Twitter: “Surrendered myself at 7 a.m., got released at 11:30 a.m. Fuck what you heard. And my mugshot’s cute.” Way to own it, I guess… (via Gawker)