The increasing accessibility of social media has allowed for unprecedented levels of communication, allowing for closer personal connections while also creating a new means of self-incrimination. While the urge to share life experiences is deeply ingrained in human behavior, it can have a negative impact when done in a public forum where the result is a record that can be used in a court of law.
Social media has become one of the most important means to stay in touch with friends and family, which can put people in the habit of freely sharing their thoughts online. However, during legal proceedings, the smallest details of social media can and will be used against the accused if it serves the opposing side. Even thoughts or comments that seem unrelated to the current criminal matter can be used to demonstrate facts that help to build a case, or be used to establish patterns of behavior.
If you are currently involved in a criminal defense case, keep the following social media tips in mind:
- Update your privacy settings and make it difficult for unknown parties to access any of your information or activity.
- Watch what you say, and not only on your own account. Even the comments you make on a friend’s status update can incriminate you. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying it in front of a judge, don’t publish it online.
- Beware of photos that can implicate you, as a picture is worth 1,000 words.
- Monitor your profile carefully. Even if you are incredibly cautious, your friends can still post about you, or on your page. Remember – during this time, you are being watched.
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