What is a mug shot?
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 okcjustbusted.com?
The website okcjustbusted.com was a created to provide the visitor with information already released to the public associated with arrests in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The staff of okcjustbusted.com additionally integrated social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to allow for visitor interaction, and links to information sources (helpful numbers, search sites, etc.). The website can be used as a search engine for Official Law Enforcement records, specifically booking photographs and mugshots. Originally collected and distributed by Law Enforcement agencies, booking records are considered and legally recognized as public records, in the public domain. The website 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).
Is everyone who is listed in your database guilty of a crime/charge?
No. All those listed or presented within or on okcjustbusted.com 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.
What is the legitimate “public interest” in the publication of Official Records and mugshots?
Greater openness and transparency are the foundation of strong government of the people. The Sixth Amendment the the U.S Constitution guarantees all a public trial to prevent such abuse of the law.
“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.” – Amendment VI, The Bill of Rights.
Community benefits: Law Enforcement agencies and states have long recognized the many public benefits of releasing Official Records and mugshots to the public. From identifying criminals to helping citizens keep a pulse on their communities, to supporting communities when wanted criminals are on the run.
Some mugshot pages have very sensitive information, like a home address, business address, other. Why is that?
All information on the mugshot pages of okcjustbusted.com was originated with law enforcement agencies. We publish the information “as is” and do not edit it.
“I was found not guilty” ; “The case was dismissed” ; Why is my record on okcjustbusted.com?
To answer this question please refer to the first question on this page, “What is a mug shot?”
“I was found guilty” ; “My case is pending” ; Will you remove my mugshot?
The staff of okcjustbusted.com does not remove mugshots unless extreme circumstances exist or it can be proven that the image is not considered public information or official records/public domain. Consideration shall also be given to those who can prove the removal of the image/information would be in the best interest of the public. In relation to this question, please visit our Contact Page to make the request.
“My record was Expunged” ; “I was pardoned” ; “My case was dismissed” ; Will you remove my mugshot?
As you may be aware Expungement and pardon only apply to certain government agencies’ databases, and not all of them. Certainly not to the private sector. As an ethical organization, the staff of okcjustbusted.com feel if a mistake was made (dismissed cases, etc.) and/or the state has released the accused of responsibility for a crime, we should do the same. Please visit our Contact page to learn if you are eligible for our service or not.
Isn’t publishing my mug shot a violation of my rights?
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.
Are all listed on okcjustbusted.com in jail right now?
No. Some are, many are not. okcjustbusted.com posts historical Official Records data originally provided by Law Enforcement agencies, what believed to be true and factual information. FOR LATEST STATUS, CONTACT THE OFFICIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHICH ORIGINALLY RELEASED THE DATA.
Are all listed on okcjustbusted.com wanted by a Law Enforcement agency?
ABSOLUTELY NOT. The staff of okcjustbusted.com is not an exclusive database of wanted criminals. Some are, most are not. FOR LATEST STATUS, CONTACT THE OFFICIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY WHICH ORIGINALLY RELEASED THE DATA.
Does okcjustbusted.com own and/or operates any similar printed material/papers?
This question is sometimes asked because a person is confusing okcjustbusted.com with the printed material of a similar name. To be clear, okcjustbusted.com does not own and/or operate printed material/papers of a similar name.
The staff of okcjustbusted.com would like to make it known ALL SUBJECTS are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Every effort is made by the staff of okcjustbusted.com to ensure the accuracy of information posted on this website. However, okcjustbusted.com does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the content presented on this website. Contact the official law enforcement agency which originally released the data for the latest case status.
Accuracy of Information:
The staff of okcjustbusted.com makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information posted on this website… All original material presented on this website is subject to copyright. Certain materials reproduced on this website are believed to be in the public domain. The appearance of the likeness and/or name of any person on okcjustbusted.com is not an allegation by okcjustbusted.com that the person has in fact engaged in any of the activities or crimes for which they have been charged. All information published by okcjustbusted.com is believed to be factually true and correct, and is not intended to disparage, malign or defame any person named herein. However, okcjustbusted.com does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of the content of this website. Opinions expressed in comments across this website are not those of any employees and/or associates of okcjustbusted.com and are solely those of our visitors.