District of Columbia

DC Mugshot Law

In the District of Columbia, it is against the law to take or possess a mugshot of another person without that person’s consent. The penalty for violating this law is a fine of up to $1,000.

This law was enacted in response to the growing practice of “mugshot websites” which post booking photos of arrestees online and then charge a fee to have the photos removed. These websites often target people who have been arrested for minor offenses, and the fees they charge can be very expensive.

The District of Columbia’s mugshot law is meant to protect people from these types of exploitation and harassment. If you have been arrested, it is important to know your rights and make sure that your mugshot is not posted on one of these websites without your consent.