Busted online magazine is technically in the tabloid genre. It features mug shots and criminal reports of individuals who have not yet gone to trial.
Busted magazine's online format has successfully translated to paper and is available at many convenience stores. Like the online magazine, mug shots and reports from crimes, both national and local, grace the printed pages.
Publications like Busted gained popularity because they are easy to produce. Many states deem mug shots as public information. For a small fee and a trip to the nearest courthouse, an individual can gain access to both the mug shot and an entire arrest record by producing the full name and birthday of the person in question. Many municipalities do not charge at all; inquirers can simply request mug shots from a certain date to gain access.
While evidence of a mug shot in a print magazine can be destroyed, mug shots appearing in Busted's online magazine, as well as similar websites like Mugshots, could remain online forever. This is true even if the person is deemed innocent or the trial is dismissed. Those with dismissals on nonviolent misdemeanors on their record can pay a fee to have their mug shot removed through Unpublish Arrest's website. The fee ranges from around $400 to around $1,500.