In today’s era of technology and social media obsession, it is not unusual for individuals to post updates on virtually every detail of their daily lives. This often results in an influx of information about people’s lives that can be damaging in some ways. It is bad enough to post about fights with your spouse, the latest family feud, and your adventures in online dating, but some people also feel the need to post information about their criminal activities and charges that they may be facing. The problem with posting on social media about your pending criminal case is that you could severely undermine your attorney’s efforts to resolve your case and compromise your defense to the charges.
How Social Media Can Hurt Your Criminal Case
Given the prevalence of social media, it is more likely than not that law enforcement officers, investigators, and prosecutors will be regularly examining your social media posts for information about you and to gather evidence to support criminal charges against you. GPS and the timestamps on posts can help the state track your location at a given point in time and see whom you were with at that time. What you think may be an innocent post about your daily activities or your views on a particular topic could end up as evidence against you in a criminal case. Therefore, the best policy is to avoid posting altogether while your criminal charges are pending, and it may be wise to simply deactivate your accounts, at least temporarily. Doing so will discourage you from posting information and possibly endangering the outcome of your criminal case.
The Peek & Toland criminal defense lawyers are here to assist you in building a strong defense against your criminal charges, no matter the circumstances. As you see from this post, however, posting any detail or information about your case on social media is not advisable in any situation, since it may harm your ability to resolve your criminal case in a successful manner. Trust us to represent your interests and advise you of the best course of action in defending your case. Set up an appointment to talk to us today and discover how we can assist you with your immigration matter.