Nearly every person in the world uses social media on a daily basis. Whether
it’s sharing photos on Instagram, posting a recent incident on Twitter,
or reading the latest news reports on Facebook, these platforms keep all
of us connected and contain a substantial amount of our own information.
However, those who are subject to a pending criminal investigation should
be careful when using social media. The truth is that prosecutors and
law enforcement agencies will scour our social media profiles for any
evidence they can use against us in a court of law.
The prosecution can obtain your history and whereabouts when the alleged
crime occurred, searching your posts, pictures, videos, shares, and conversations
with friends. Social media sites use timestamps, GPS monitoring, tagged
friends, and other information which investigators can piece together
to build a complete picture of the incident. Posting anything incriminating
about yourself, your arrest, or your recent actions can come back to harm
you if your case goes to trial.
Many users believe their customized privacy settings protect them from
public viewing. However, these settings do not guarantee protection. Facebook
and other platforms often cooperate with law enforcement to reveal “protected”
information on anyone charged with a criminal offense. Additionally, investigators
can search through profiles of mutual friends who do not have strict privacy
settings. Never assume your social media information cannot be accessed
by other parties.
If you are currently under investigation, our
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney at the
Law Offices of Christopher J. Cherella encourages you to avoid using social media until the conclusion of your
case. Do not discuss any details of your case with anyone else but your lawyer.
While you may think deleting your social media accounts is a great idea,
it is important not to do so. Intentionally deleting information after
you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense can be viewed
as destruction of evidence, resulting in more severe penalties and perhaps
evidence of guilt.
For more information,
contact us and discuss your case with our experienced legal team today.