This is a great New York Times article about extortion mug shot websites. I have many clients who have charges dismissed. Later I'm successful in having their criminal record expunged. However once a mug shot goes online it cannot be removed as part of the expungement process in North Carolina. These sites extort people to have their photos removed. In the cases of those clients with dismissed cases, Not Guilty verdicts or successfull completion of a first offenders program (where the charge is then dismissed) they should be allowed to remove all traces of their mugshot photos.
My office can help with the process of removing mug shot photos. You can call 919-585-1486 for a free consultation about having your criminal record expunged and then removing the mug shot photo from the various private websites that are out there.