Posting all the time on all social media platforms is a great way get caught and convicted of a crime because police can use your own posts against you. Even innocent online conversations, often meant as a defense mechanism, can be misinterpreted and twisted by both the authorities and the media. A good criminal defense attorney will tell anyone that is facing criminal charges, regarding social media, almost everything you say and do online can be used against you in a court of law as well as the court of public opinion.

If you have been arrested and are scheduled for court, remember you have the right to remain silent and that is including your social media. Shut it all down. It’s way too easy to get in trouble simply by having your smartphone in your hand. There are too many times that past history, quotes out of context and photos are used against a defendant. If left open, please watch all that you say because your accounts will be watched and even friends with the very best intentions can post something that could be misinterpreted.

Simply setting your preferences to “private” will not necessarily  mean you are protected and hidden. What you put on the internet is documented forever. Screenshots can be taken by “friends” and sent for anyone and everyone to see. Law enforcement does need a warrant to investigate a defendant’s social media, but these are easy for them to acquire, and they will do it.

The Bottom Line: According to a survey by CNN, more than 80 percent of prosecutors look for evidence on social media accounts. And for some, the search is fruitful: Graphic pictures of victims, pictures of the defendant committing the act, statements that indicate the defendant cannot be trusted — these can all help prosecutors obtain guilty pleas and verdicts.  A good criminal defense attorney will be able to protect you from this damaging social media evidence. Call me. 513.260.2099