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A first time offender will more than likely find the unfortunate event of an arrest daunting to say the least. Being unaware of what is involved in the process only serves to add to the anxiety. You may have seen movies of individuals taking front shots and profile shots after being arrested, but that is the extent of your knowledge in regards to the booking process. It is an entirely different situation when you are the subject of the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) mug-shots. Having your EPPD mug-shots taken is only one step in the booking process.
The booking procedure generally includes the following steps
- Recording of personal information, which includes the individual’s name and crime he or she is suspected.
- Taking of police mug-shots as a photographic record of your front and side view. The images are stored to assist in the police investigation of an offense. It is sometimes useful to verify the suspect’s physical condition at the time of arrest. A tracking number is usually attached to these embarrassing shots and will later aid relevant authorities to easily access your picture.
- The capturing of your fingerprinting is an essential part of the process. This is generally placed in not only state but also the national database.
The El Paso Police Department (EPPD) makes police arrest record details and photos related to the incident publicly available. Therefore your EPPD mug-shots could very well find their way on the police department’s site or one of the many mug-shot websites popping up on the Internet.
The EPPD documents mug-shots on their site in the following categories:
- Family Violence Arrest
- DWI Arrest
- Auto theft/Burglary of vehicle
How will El Paso police mug shots affect you?
EPPD mug-shots are made available to the public as a means of combating crime in the city. This has proven effective since El Paso boasts the status of the safest city in the US for three consecutive years and is also rated as having one of the lowest crime rates. Mug-shots and arrest information are made public regardless of guilt or innocence and this makes their publication a source of controversy. Even though sites proclaim boldly on their page that individuals are innocent until proven guilty, the publishing of this embarrassing picture greatly affects the person’s reputation as many automatically infer that the individual in a mug-shot is a criminal.
Good bye to that job or apartment
A prospective employer or landlord can easily find your mug-shots with a quick online search. This might affect your chances of getting that job or apartment.
Expunging your records
El Paso has high rates of accidents caused by individuals driving while intoxicated (DWI) and have been voted in an American magazine publication as one of America’s Drunkest Cities as such EPPD DWI mug shots are prevalent on the Internet. It is therefore understandable why one would want to know how to remove a mug-shot from their record. Texas expungement laws afford an individual with the right to request that a law enforcement agency remove all documentation of a particular arrest and prosecution. The records destroyed include, mug-shots related to the incident. The individual can then deny ever being arrested or prosecuted. The existence of mug-shot publishing sites only serves to complicate the removal even further. One should note that once placed online, information is hard to be removed. There are websites that keep a record of data uploaded and it can be recreated even after deletion. A past offender can only hope that their deleted mug-shots will remain so.