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Think before you click: Social media can be used against you

On Behalf of | Jun 5, 2024 | Criminal Defense |

Social media has become a staple in the lives of many residents of Colorado. It lets you connect with your loved ones, meet new people and share your life with the whole world.

However, social media can be a double-edged sword. Your social media presence and your posts, including old ones, can affect your future if you face criminal charges.

Be careful what you post online

Social media posts can be a gold mine for prosecution and authorities. Some individuals may unknowingly post about the details of a crime online. However, that is not the only risk that exists online.

Authorities can gather information from social media and other digital sources and present it as evidence. A study published by the American Sociological Association cited a series of gang indictments from 2011 to 2014. It said that nearly half of the evidence prosecutors used in the case came from the social media usage of the suspects.

Some examples of the evidence found on social media can include:

  • Social media posts and profiles
  • Search history
  • Online messaging logs and email
  • Texts and calls
  • GPS and location data

If you are accused of a crime, it is a good idea to take extra care online. Even old social media posts could be admissible as evidence.

Can you post online if you have a criminal case?

While it is not illegal to post online if you have a criminal case, social media activity after the fact can have great consequences on the outcome of a case.

With or without a criminal case, you can be proactive in protecting your digital footprint and social media presence. Consider the following:

  • Post wisely: It is a good idea to avoid posting anything about the criminal case or even your personal life during the proceedings.
  • Watch what you say: Social media allows you to speak to people directly through chat or call. Be vigilant about who you get in contact with online and what you discuss.

While social media brings many benefits to modern life it can also affect your future and the outcome of your case. You can protect yourself and your rights if you think before you click.

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