Georgia’s 2013 Mugshot Removal Law

This year, the Georgia legislature took its first shot at limiting the use of mugshots for commercial gain. Unfortunately, this effort may have simply insulated these horrendous businesses from liability.

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If you take the time to read the statute, you will see that it is very limited, and it provides very little protection for people who have DUI charges dismissed in exchange for a plea to another charge.


Ben Sessions is an Atlanta DUI lawyer and partner in the firm of McIlhinney & Sessions. His practice is focused on the defense of clients charged with DUI and other drug and alcohol-related offenses. Ben has co-authored articles and participated in seminars before the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, and other organizations. He is certified as both a Practitioner and Instructor of the National Highway Safety Traffic Safety’s Standardized Field Sobriety Testing procedures. He has received extensive training in forensic breath, blood, and urine testing. He is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ben Sessions graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. In 2010 and 2011, he was named a “Rising Star” in the area of DUI defense by the Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2010, he was recognized for the “Greatest Trial Victory of the Year” by the Georgia Defense of Drinking Drivers (DODD) Group. In 2011, Ben was recognized as the “DUI Lawyer of the Year” by DODD.  Ben was selected by the Atlanta Municipal Court to participate in the 2011 DUI Court Advisory Committee.  Ben has also been selected as a speaker for the Atlanta Municipal Court “C=C” program.

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