Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A MUGSHOT?
In Criminal Law, a mugshot is a booking photograph taken during investigation. It isn’t an accusation nor an admission. Regardless of case resolution, the arrest (or other incident with the law) has happened, and a booking photograph was taken. This by itself is true and factual and this is what a mugshot represents. It does not represent a case resolution, guilty plea, or not guilty plea.
WHAT IS CHARLOTT-MUGSHOTS.COM?
CHARLOTTE-MUGSHOTS.com is a “Google for Mugshots”. The website is a search engine for Official Law Enforcement records, specifically booking photographs, mugshots. Originally collected and distributed by Law Enforcement agencies, Booking records are considered and legally recognized as public records, in the public domain. CHARLOTTE-MUGSHOTS.com republishes these Official Records in their original form (“as is”) under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the freedom to publish true and factual information. Our intent is to provide a legitimate and useful service for both the private and public sectors.
IS EVERYONE WHO IS LISTED IN YOUR DATABASE GUILTY OF A CRIME/CHARGE?
No. All are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. FOR LATEST STATUS, CONTACT THE OFFICIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHICH ORIGINALLY RELEASED THE DATA.
SOME MUGSHOT PAGES HAVE VERY SENSITIVE INFORMATION, LIKE A HOME ADDRESS. WHY IS THAT?
All information on the mugshot pages on CHARLOTTE-MUGSHOTS.com was originated with law enforcement agencies. We publish the information “as is” and do not edit it.
PUBLISHING MY MUG SHOT IS A VIOLATION OF MY RIGHTS, RIGHT?
No, it is not. Originally collected and distributed by Law Enforcement agencies, Booking records are considered and legally recognized as public records, in the public domain. Furthermore, while it may be you or someone you know in the mugshot, the ownership of these records is public.
BY PUBLISHING MUGSHOTS ARE YOU VIOLATING COPYRIGHT LAWS?
No, we do not. Federal Laws allow for reproduction of public records. Additionally, news reporting is acceptable usage under Fair Use statute

“Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, search engines, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.” – Wikipedia