Frequently Asked Questions
What counties are represented?
Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Pasco counties.
How long do you keep the images?
Images remain searchable on our site for 60 days from the booking date.
I was arrested but cannot find my mug shot. What gives?
Our goal is to provide a complete profile for individuals booked into jail in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Pasco counties. A complete profile on Mug Shots constitutes: name, photograph, booking ID, height, weight, age, gender, eye color, birth date, booking date and booking charge.
The majority of arrest records from the county sheriff's sites have no problems, and we store them and make them available. However, on rare occasions, the photo we receive from the sheriff's office is flawed, or sometimes the site does not make a photo available. We skip the records that do not have photos attached. You can always search for an individual on the sheriff's site, but just because you were booked doesn't mean you'll necessarily show up on Mug Shots.
Are the individuals listed on this site guilty of a crime?
The information presented on Mug Shots is gathered from county sheriff's Web sites. The booking mug shot and related information show only that a person has been arrested.
Every such person is presumed innocent. Neither the sheriffs' booking records nor this site will show the outcome of any case or disposition of any charge. A link is provided to the corresponding sheriff's office site, which gives instructions about how to follow up on any particular case.
Will juveniles appear on this Web site?
If a juvenile is booked into the Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee or Pasco County adult jail and his/her profile appears on the corresponding sheriff's office site, then that individual's mug shot is eligible to appear on our site.
I was released and my record was cleared. Will you take down my mug shot?
A sheriff's office Web site maintains publicly accessible arrest records regardless of the disposition of any particular case.One principle behind Mug Shots is to mirror the sheriff's office Web site policies closely. We provide links from every individual's profile page to the detail page at the corresponding sheriff's office site, which contains instructions about how to follow up on any particular case.
Much like a county sheriff's office, there are very few instances in which we would remove a mug shot from the Web site.
Will you fix incorrect biographical information? What if the sheriff does?
One guiding principle is to mirror the collective sheriff's office sites closely. However, sometimes the sheriff's office site contains a typo or another form of incorrect data. We don't alter the information that we gather. We do provide links from individual's profile page directly to their detail page at the corresponding sheriff's office site.
Can I draw valid statistical conclusions from this site?
It's not a valid data set because we exclude people who don't appear on a sheriff's county site, people who don't have mug shot photos, and in a few other instances. This makes up less than 5 percent of the total number of cases, but it invalidates any statistical work.
Why aren't you sorting by crime? Why can't I search by other things?
We strive to offer a comfortable and predictable experience with this site. Through testing, we discovered that searching for things other than last name and ZIP codes offered an unpredictable user experience.
How did you get this information?
We take our information straight from the sheriff's offices. We even provide a link to the detail page for each person that we show as booked. You can visit their sites yourself.
Are RSS feeds available?
Yes, by county, on the lower right side of the home page, under "Recent additions."
Whom do I contact with questions not answered here?
Is there a companion print publication?
No. You can read news stories about some of these arrests at tampabay.com, on these Mug Shots pages or in the pages of the award-winning St. Petersburg Times.
Is there a mobile site?
We don't offer a mobile site at the moment. However, your cell phone will likely be able to display the site in some fashion.
Glossary of Terms
The criminal justice system has its own language. Here's some help decoding the charges.
A vehicle, usually a car
Driving under the influence
Driving with license suspended or revoked
Failure to appear (in court)
Immigration and customs enforcement
Law Enforcement Officer
North (Pinellas) County Traffic Court
No valid drivers license
St. Petersburg Traffic Court
Violation of probation
The information presented here as a public service is gathered from open county sheriff's websites in the Tampa Bay area. The booking mug shots and related information are from arrest records in the order and at the time the data was collected. Those appearing here have not been convicted of the arrest charge and are presumed innocent. Do not rely on this site to determine any person's actual criminal record.