my picture is on mugshots.com; it was just a misdemeanor, and I do not want my image published in such a manner. These sites charge an expensive fee to remove it. Is it possible to copyright my image to force them to remove it?
Probably not as your mug shot is a public document not owned by you. Very creative thinking though.
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No, you were not the photographer.
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In Utah, there's a new law (House Bill 408), which prohibits county sheriffs from giving mugshots to people who will post it online and demand a fee for removing it. To get around that law, it seems that many websites offer to remove your picture "for free" if you ask them, (they just charge a ridiculous amount to do it quickly, calling it "expedited service.") You might want to look at the websites fine-print, to see if there's a free take-down option.
Also, many of these sites will take down your photo for free if the charges have been dismissed or expunged, so that's a good reason to talk to a local defense attorney about your case if you haven't already. Good luck!