Arrest Reports, Mug Shots, Probable Cause Affidavits
BocaNewsNow.com reports crime news, arrests, and other newsworthy events that involve law enforcement. You may not like our reporting. You may not like seeing your arrest report or booking photo online. That does not make the reporting wrong. Our crime reports are based on information provided directly from police, prosecutors, and public databases maintained by cities, counties, states, and the federal government.
We do not accept payment to remove arrest reports or mugshots.
When practical, BocaNewsNow.com efforts to redact certain sensitive, personal information in arrest reports. We are not required to do so and any redaction is at our own discretion. Arrest reports, court proceedings, civil and criminal matters, emails to government and school officials are public under Florida Statute 119.
Mug Shot Removal, Arrest Report Removal
You can not pay to have mugshots or arrest reports removed from BocaNewsNow.com. Your arrest is public record. You would not want to live in a society where arrests are secret. As a matter of policy, we do not remove reports on active criminal or civil cases.
If you have been found innocent, not guilty, if your arrest has been expunged, or if charges have been dropped (nollo prose) and would like us to consider removal of an article, please email news (at) bocanewsnow.com. Removal is at the sole discretion of MetroDesk Media, LLC. Please note that an “order to expunge” does not apply to news media.
Email us at news (at) bocanewsnow.com or telephone 866-4-FL-NEWS.
Before you send to us SB118, we are publishing the text below. It protects news media. We are not required to remove arrest reports or booking photos. We are not a “mug shot” website.
Section 1. (1) Any person or entity engaged in the business
30 of publishing through a publicly accessible print or electronic
31 medium or otherwise disseminating arrest booking photographs of
32 persons who have previously been arrested may not solicit or
33 accept a fee or other form of payment to remove the photographs.
34 (2) A person whose arrest booking photograph is published
35 or otherwise disseminated, or his or her legal representative,
36 may make a request, in writing, for the removal of an arrest
37 booking photograph to the registered agent of the person or
38 entity who published or otherwise disseminated the photograph.
39 The written request for removal of the arrest booking photograph
40 must be sent by registered mail and include sufficient proof of
41 identification of the person whose arrest booking photograph was
42 published or otherwise disseminated and specific information
43 identifying the arrest booking photograph that the written
44 request is seeking to remove. Within 10 days of receipt of the
45 written request for removal of the arrest booking photograph,
46 the person or entity who published or otherwise disseminated the
47 photograph shall remove the arrest booking photograph without
49 (3) The person whose arrest booking photograph was
50 published or otherwise disseminated in the publication or
51 electronic medium may bring a civil action to enjoin the
52 continued publication or dissemination of the photograph if the
53 photograph is not removed within 10 calendar days after receipt
54 of the written request for removal. The court may impose a civil
55 penalty of $1,000 per day for noncompliance with an injunction
56 and shall award reasonable attorney fees and court costs related
57 to the issuance and enforcement of the injunction. Moneys
58 recovered for civil penalties under this section shall be
59 deposited into the General Revenue Fund.
60 (4) Refusal to remove an arrest booking photograph after
61 written request has been made constitutes an unfair or deceptive
62 trade practice in accordance with part II of chapter 501,
63 Florida Statutes.
64 (5) This section does not apply to any person or entity
65 that publishes or disseminates information relating to arrest
66 booking photographs unless the person or entity solicits or
67 accepts payment to remove the photographs.
68 Section 2. Effective upon the same date that SB 450 or
69 similar legislation takes effect, only if such legislation is
70 adopted in the same legislative session or an extension thereof
71 and becomes a law, section 943.0586, Florida Statutes, is
72 created to read:
73 943.0586 Administrative sealing of criminal history
75 (1) The Criminal Justice Information Program shall
76 administratively seal the criminal history records pertaining to
77 an arrest or incident of alleged criminal activity of an adult
78 or a minor charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or violation of a
79 comparable rule or ordinance by a state, county, municipal, or
80 other law enforcement agency upon notification by the clerk of
81 the court, pursuant to s. 943.052(2), that all the charges
82 related to the arrest or incident of alleged criminal activity
83 were declined to be filed by the state attorney or statewide
84 prosecutor, were dismissed or nolle prosequi before trial, or
85 resulted in a judgment of acquittal or a verdict of not guilty
86 at trial and that all appeals by the prosecution have been
87 exhausted or the time to file an appeal has expired.
88 Section 3. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
89 act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon
90 this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect July 1,
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