Social media seems to be everywhere in our lives, and we all have those “friends” who like to share way too much information on one social media platform or another. Unfortunately, some individuals are simply asking for legal trouble when they post certain information and pictures online. As a result, our recommendation is that you avoid social media altogether in these situations, particularly if you are suspected of a crime or facing criminal charges.
For instance, far too many people like to post pictures of themselves partying online. Whether you are using illicit drugs or drinking, telling the world that you are doing something illegal is not smart. For example, pictures of you drinking alcohol when you already are on probation or facing charges for DWI is not smart. Likewise, if you are suspected of drug activity, posting your whereabouts and pictures of you partying with other known drug users can lead the police right to your door.
How You Can Get into Legal Trouble Using Social Media
Sometimes, you don’t even need to post pictures to get in legal trouble. Conversations with others on Facebook trying to sell off a bunch of “new” merchandise will likely cause law enforcement to target you for theft or possessing stolen property. Having a conversation about how you just bought a new gun with another individual on social media can give police the evidence that they need to arrest you for illegal possession of a gun or robbery. Even a conversation that seems to suggest that you have been involved in illegal activity may be grounds for you to become the target of a police investigation.
As you can see, social media can really get you in trouble with the law in some circumstances. When you are charged with any type of criminal offense in the state of Texas, whether it is a misdemeanor or felony charge, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your interests from the very beginning of your case. We are here to evaluate the facts surrounding your case, present your options, and provide you with the strongest defense possible. Contact Peek & Toland at (512) 399-2311 today and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team