With millions and billions of people who have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,
Snapchat, and other accounts on various platforms on the internet, social
media has changed the way people communicate and obtain information. Many
people share a wide variety of aspects of their lives. From thoughts and
emotions to new stories and political opinions, nothing is really off
However, when it comes to a criminal investigation or pending case, you
should be aware of what you or your friends post on social media. Any
details about your case should remain offline.
What Do Police & Prosecutors Look For?
According to a CNN report, law enforcement uses the internet to obtain
evidence of criminal activity – especially on social media platforms.
Even content that is considered innocent in nature can be used as evidence
against you in a criminal proceeding.
Police and prosecutors search thoroughly social media accounts to look
for the following:
- Incriminating photographs, videos, posts, tags, or other suspicious content
- Location tags which put users in a specific place at a specific time
- Posts or images which contradict an alibi or undermine statements made
at a different time during the investigation
- Information related to your activities and whereabouts before, during,
and after an alleged crime
- Potential accomplices
- Potential witnesses
- Evidence of other unrelated crimes
How to Handle Social Media While Your Case is Pending
If you have been arrested for or charged with a criminal offense, the best
way to use social media while your case is pending is to avoid it at all
costs. While it may be hard to stay away from your social media accounts,
it is a significant sacrifice when you consider the potential consequences
of posting something that may harm your case.
If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Texas,
contact our Plano criminal defense attorney at
The Law Offices of Scott Edgett and request a
free consultation today.