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Dangers of social media for criminal defendants

On Behalf of | May 5, 2023 | Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving

If you are like most people, you spend a lot of time on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Tik-tok and more. There is nothing wrong with using these platforms to connect with your loved ones or speak about issues that are important to you.

If the state charged you with a crime, however, you must be very careful on social media. It is best to refrain from using these platforms completely until your case in resolved.

Using information against you

The prosecutor assigned to your case has the responsibility of building a case against you. Part of this means gathering as much evidence and information about you as possible so they can create a picture of you that is consistent with their accusations.

Anything you do or post on social media is up for interpretation and a prosecutor can misinterpret or twist facts to suit their theory. Prosecutors can and do look for information about you in social media, so if you can suspend your accounts during this time, it is best to do so.

Your personal information

In addition, you do not want the prosecutor to know who your connections are or who you spend your time with or any other personal information that is irrelevant to the case.

Often, however, if available online, they can use this information against the defendant (in this case, you) to strengthen their case against you.

Everybody makes mistakes and whether the state charged you with a DUI or DWI or something similar, you have rights. Let your attorney handle the case with the prosecution and in the meantime, try to stay off internet platforms.