Arre.st Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is this site?
A. Arre.st is your fair use periodical public records news reporting and research resource.
Arre.st contains public records of private individuals that are of interest to the public.
Q. Is everyone listed here guilty of a charge?
A. No. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Q. I was acquitted, falsely accused, had my ID stolen, found not guilty, case was dismissed, or my record was expunged. Will you delete the booking data?
A. No. All data is collected from official sources and considered to be public record at the time of publishing.
Q. Isn’t this violating my rights?
A. No. Arre.st is ran by a registered news syndicate and posting public records is a practice protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Q. Will threat of a lawsuit, or complaints filed with the Attorney General or BBB help get data deleted?
A. No. These avenues will essentially slow any processing and potentially create additional publicly available records.
Q. Do you respond to repetitive harassing emails or voicemails?
A. Any contact that is harassing in nature may become part of your public record linked from this site.
Q. Is it free to view the mug shots?
A. Yes. It is 100% free of charge to view our data based mug shots and booking info.
Q. Do you plan on requiring users to register?
A. Due to excessive abuse by web crawlers you may need to register, for free, to see some content.
Q. I know someone was arrested, but I don't see the record on arre.st. Why not?
A. While we strive to gather complete data from every source, around 1,000 counties and counting, sometimes it's not possible.
Q. Is the Arre.st network of web sites ran by a government agency?
A. No. We are not affiliated with any local, state or federal government agency.
Q. Why is there no date or an incorrect date?
A. Date may not have been available or it may be the date arrested, booked, or databased. It is also possible for various date formats to be displayed. I.E m/d/y d/m/y.
Q. Are you violating copyright law posting these images?
A. No. According to Federal Law copyright does not prohibit the reproduction of public records.
Q. Did you start the website to collect licensing fees?
A. No. The local regional jail website was too tedious to use. The only other option to view mugshots was a print publication that was being sold. To bridge the gap and provide free and easy to view mugshots ClarksburgLeak.com was created in early 2009. This original iteration of our public database interface had no licensing option. A licensing option was highly requested.
Q. Will you, the arre.st admin, delete a record from the arre.st website?
A. Only with a valid court order specifying the URL. The court order must be from a U.S Court and not infringe upon any Constitutionally protected rights.
Q. I am a European citizen will you delete my record information under GDPR?
A. No. These are United States public records.
Q. I have a comment/question/complaint. How can I contact you?
A. Please visit https://Arre.st/Help/Contact to contact arre.st.