How to Find a Mug Shot

By Herman Cruz - Updated June 16, 2017

Whenever a person is arrested, a photograph of his face is taken by the police department to start a file along with his personal information. This dreadful photograph is popularly known as a mug shot. The mug shot provides police and law-enforcement agencies with a physical record of alleged offenders. This helps witnesses or investigators to identify suspects. Often, these mugshots are available to the public on the internet; all you have to do is look in the right place.

Find out the full name of the person whose mug shot you're seeking.

Visit the website (see References). This website has the largest database of mugshots on the internet.

Type the full name of the person you are looking for in the search bar located on the top right corner of the screen. If the person you are looking for does have a record, the results page will display the mugshot(s). You can also browse mug shots by category and share information you find with friends.

Go to FamilyWatchDog (see References) if you are looking for a person you suspect of being a sexual offender. On this website you can search for a mugshot by providing a full name or location.

Perform your search by typing a name into the “search by name” bar, or perform a search by location by providing the address of the person you are looking for. If the name you enter matches any sex offender in the database, the window will display a mug shot of the person with conviction information. If you perform the search by location a list of sex offender will be displayed on a map layout. The sex offenders will be represented by small squares. Click on those squares and another window will pop up with a mug shot and conviction information.

About the Author

Based in Orange County, Calif., Herman Cruz has been writing since 2007. His articles have been published in various content platforms and he also has written for Internet entrepreneurs who need assistance with writing sales letters and articles for their businesses. Cruz is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in integrated composition, improvisation and technology at the University of California in Irvine.

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