Gnoza Knows It | How to take the perfect mugshot
HARRISBURG, Pa —
I got a question once that recently came to mind: Why are some people smiling during their mug or fugitive shots you see on TV?
There are a couple of reasons for that.
First of all let's take a look at your basic mug shot.
(These folks are from out of the area, I didn't want to offend anyone.)
You have individuals who don't look happy at all, and why should they?
Plus they want to send the message that 'hey you don't want to mess with me. I'm not going to be anybody's... buddy.'
I wouldn't want to mess with them.
Now for the fugitive shots.
In Pennsylvania at least, if you don't have a mug shot for a conviction authorities will use your driver's license pictures. That's why some folks look happy.
Now there are some people who just decide, for whatever reason, they want to smile after they are actually arrested.
Defense attorneys generally advise against smiling in a mugshot. It sends a bad message to the judge and perhaps to future employers.