A mugshot is a bit like a passport photo: arrested people should never smile, but rather keep a neutral face when taking the photo.
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An American lawyer, Narimon Pishnamaz, very popular on social networks, offers a lot of advice and raises awareness among Internet users.
Me Pishnamaz, who works at the Law & Pish firm in California, used the case of Angenette Marie Missett to prove his point.
The American became known for her criminal ID photo where she appeared particularly smiling and happy.
However, she had just been arrested for driving under the influence, causing an accident that killed a mother of three. At the end of the trial, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2018, reports the American media UNILAD.
Marion County Jail
The lawyer explains that during a jury trial, a photo of you smiling, after for example killing a person, could be presented to a jury.
“The jury will absolutely hate you if they see that you smiled in your photo after killing someone,” he explains in his brief video. This could suggest that you have no remorse, and could lengthen the sentence you may receive.
Angenette Marie Missett was charged with driving under the influence after killing a 60-year-old mother and injuring her 18-year-old daughter when she crashed into the back of their vehicle on a highway in Marion County, Fla. causing the vehicle to crash into a trailer.
Seriously injured, the mother died shortly after.
Police said the defendant’s blood alcohol level was 0.172, more than twice the legal limit in Florida.
“I’m really, really sorry and if I could change places with your mother I would in a heartbeat. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I am really, really sorry,” the accused nevertheless declared before receiving her sentence.
Judge Steven Rogers ultimately imposed a sentence of 11 years in prison.
The story was recently picked up on TikTok by several content creators and has gone viral again in recent days.
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