Social media plays an important role in our daily lives. Whether we are
posting about what we had for lunch or catching up on current events,
it appears we spend a lot of time on sites and apps such as Facebook,
Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
In the event someone has been arrested for or accused of a crime, social
media activity may have a negative impact on their case. Criminal investigation
strategies which include surveying social media activity has become more
and more popular.
During the course of a criminal investigation, social media can be used to:
- Discover or strengthen new evidence
- Find connections between offenders and victims
- Locate important witnesses or suspects
- Confirm alibis of suspects
- Find incriminating pictures, videos, or statements posted by offenders
According to several studies, 81% of law enforcement officials actively
use social media as a tool in investigations, Furthermore, 73% of police
officials believe that social media can help solve cases more quickly.
The following are several tips that can help you avoid posting the wrong
things on social media while your case is pending:
Avoid venting on social media. While you may be upset about the criminal investigation against you, public
spaces online are not the appropriate place to vent your frustrations.
Keep those remarks to yourself because law enforcement officials or those
in the legal system will show little remorse or respect for you.
Avoid posting about alcohol or drugs. If your criminal case involves alleged
drug crimes, maintain a squeaky clean social media presence. Do not post pictures
or videos of yourself at bars and avoid mentioning anything about alcohol
or drugs. It is best to lay low and don’t post anything that has
to do with your alleged crimes.
Avoid posting anything illegal or off-limits. If your driver’s license was recently suspended because of a
DWI, do not post anything or statements that may imply that you have been
driving. If you have a court order to stay away from a location or a person,
do not implicate yourself in any way on social media.
Social media posts can be easy for others to find and see. Furthermore,
you do not want the wrong information to end up falling into the hands
of the prosecution, providing more evidence to convict you of your crimes.
For more information,
contact The Law Offices of Jason Luong, PLLC and schedule a
free consultation with our Houston criminal defense lawyer today.