In Oregon, in the past, law enforcement agencies could freely share booking photos (also known as mugshots) with the public. However, a new law limits the release of those photos. The law went into effect at the beginning of 2022.
The philosophy behind the limitation is to safeguard the identity of the person who was arrested but not convicted of a crime.
What precipitated the new law was the many instances of people who were affected by their sensitive information, such as personal contact information, being shared. That often led to harassment. Under those circumstances, the person whose information was being shared was permitted to sue because their civil rights were being violated.
Allowing booking photos to be used unfairly
From the perspective of the person whose booking photo is being shared, the situation can be very painful. There are many possible reasons that could have led to an arrest but an arrest does not necessarily mean a conviction. If used unfairly, the photo could damage the person’s ability to find suitable employment or housing. The long-term effects may be devastating. It is unfair to judge a person and conclude that they are guilty before an impartial decision has been made in the matter.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, the knowledge and sound advice of a seasoned criminal defense lawyer may be invaluable. It is important that you understand that you are not alone and the lawyer can help you to see that this one terrible experience should not drive the rest of your life. The lawyer may also be able to positively affect the outcome of your case and your future will remain intact.
Moving on from a bad experience
It is important for you to move past your negative circumstances so that you are able to have a decent future and a fulfilling life going forward. Everyone makes mistakes but it is important that you are able to recognize all of the good that is waiting for you in your life.