There comes a point during the arrest process when you've got to make a decision.

To smile or not to smile?

Our neighbors in Nevada tend to give big teeth grins and have some of the happiest mug shots in the US, while Idaho is one of the top 5 states for the saddest mug shots.  There are two states that are even sadder, and one of them is another bordering state.

Mug shots tend to go viral when they're out-of-the-ordinary.  Some are way too happy considering the alleged crime that was just committed.  Others are sad, others are sassy, and some are just plain weird.

A law firm used some fancy software to scan through mug shots and detect the emotions that were most often emitted in each state, and they decided that North Carolina is the state where people smile the most often in mug shots.  Other states with happy mug shots include Nevada, Indiana, Maine, and New York.

When mug shots are broken down by tears and frowns, West Virginia ranks at the top for having the saddest mug shots.  Montana is the second-saddest state.  And Idaho is third, then Utah and Oregon.  At least we might be one of the states most in touch with its true feelings.  Arrests are sad indeed.

Oh, and Idaho is second on the list for having the most "contemptuous arrestees." Only New Jersey has more mug shots of people with smirks on their faces.  At least we're not afraid.  Hawaii and Kentucky show the most fear in mug shots.

Here's the thing to remember in all this.  Mug shots very easily go public!  So choose wisely.  Or better yet, don't get arrested at all.

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