Kai Jackson Issa is an educator, award-winning author and communications professional. For over 20 years, Kai's been in the business of capturing audiences with words that inspire, sell and deliver. Her clients include executives, entrepreneurs, individuals, schools, companies and non-profits. Kai lives just outside Atlanta with her husband and children.
What's the story behind Silence Your Mugshot?
Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of being arrested. It was a misdemeanor for missing a traffic court appearance. I was in jail for 8 hrs and came home. A few days later, I found out from that my mug short was on the internet. I freaked out. Being a communications professional, I knew the damage mug shots cause to your reputation. Even though my case was dismissed, my mug shot kept coming up first in Google search results. It was a nightmare that has happened to millions of people across America. People who have not been convicted of any crime, just arrested. So I read all I could about the mug shot industry and came up with 10 things I could do to get my mug shot off the internet for free. I wanted to offer these tips to help other people who may be dealing with the damaging effects of have their mug shot on the internet.
What's so bad about having a mugshot on the internet, especially if you haven't committed a crime?
careerbuilder.com reports that 80% of employers now Google people before they hire them. Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Blink: The Art of Thinking Without Thinking, says that it takes 2 seconds to form a first impression. When people see your booking photo, within two seconds-the blink of an eye-the impression they form about you is this: "criminal." They might later wonder about your guilt or innocence, but that moment of labeling you criminal is the defining moment.
Does an old mugshot of you come up in a Google search? Having trouble getting a job or a date? Don't let that mugshot ruin your life. Don't pay those high removal fees. Mugshot websites operate on extortion. I offer 10 easy, DIY tips for getting that booking photo off the Internet that will cost you nothing. Take your reputation back today!