The average picture tells a thousand words, but surely a mug shot says more.
This simple snippet in time captures a crucial moment in a person's life, when they are being charged with a crime.
So many thoughts must be going through the suspect's mind and mug shots immortalize that (hopefully) unique moment in their lives.
As you go through our top mug shots of the year, read their stories and try and imagine what the subjects were thinking at the moment the photo was taken.
Then vote for your favorite in the poll below.
It remains to be seen whether Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Desmond Bryant
will make the Football Hall of Fame. However, he is definitely a candidate for mug shot immortality, thanks to this pic taken in February. Bryant, who was with the Oakland Raiders at the time, was arrested after he allegedly went "to a neighbor's house inebriated and causing a commotion."
After Mark Andrew Colton's
10-year-old son was elbowed during a pickup football game, he allegedly got even by punching out one of the teens in the game.
When Freda Johnson
got a ticket for not wearing a seat belt in August, she was mad and wanted the authorities to know it. Problem is, she let them know by calling 911 to complain.
Monroe County Sheriffs Dept.
Volusia County Sheriffs Office
45, was charged with alligator poaching after his mom called 911 and said she found a reptile in her bathtub.
Different strokes for different spokes. Clark Duncan McElfresh,
51, was arrested in Palo Alto, Calif. on the Fourth Of July for allegedly masturbating while riding a bicycle near a city park.
Joseph Michael Brannen,
18, got in hot water in July after he admitted to purposely starting a fire at his local library, so he could help put it out.
Indian River County Sheriffs Office
ended up pissing off officials in Indian County, Fla., when he urinated out the back of a sheriff's car.
Terry L. Boyd,
52, was arrested in August, after being accused of holding two men against their will and forcing one of them to have sex with her.