If you are charged with a crime or put under investigation, what you say or do will greatly impact the outcome of your case — and that includes what you do on social media. No matter your Facebook’s privacy settings, do not be mistaken to believe that what you post online will not be accessed by the prosecution.
Law enforcement can use social media to build a case against you. Here are three ways your social media activity can impact your criminal case:
Instagram, Facebook, Snapshot and other social networking platforms allow users to pin their locations on their posts. If you are out on bail, law enforcement can track your social media location and use it against you if you violate the terms of your release.
As soon as you are under investigation, you can almost be certain that the prosecution will pay close attention to what you post online. For instance, if someone posted a photo of you partying with friends and drinking before your DUI arrest, there is a pretty good chance this will surface in court.
Posting threats or abuse
If you post content that appears to be threatening, abusive or mocking toward your accuser, the prosecution or the court, such content could definitely be used against you.
If you are facing a criminal charge, it is in your best interest that you steer clear of social media mistakes that can jeopardize your case. Talk the issue over with your defense team before you make any moves.