Social Media Friend or Foe?
Social media is as pervasive as ever and it can even be used against you in a court of law. Here’s what you should know about how social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok could impact your criminal defense and how to get help from an experienced Colorado criminal lawyer.
Your Posts Could Contradict Your Alibi
You can be sure that prosecutors will comb through your public – and potentially even private – posts, especially those made around the time of the alleged crime. If any information contradicts your alibi, these could be used to disprove it.
For example, say you have a witness’ alibi that you were at a friend’s house at a certain time when the crime allegedly took place. However, if a social media post says you checked in at a different location several miles away around that same time, your alibi might be in jeopardy.
Photographs Could Incriminate You
The prosecution will also review your photos for evidence that would lead them to believe you could have been connected to the crime. For example, if you are the primary suspect in a murder case, investigators may look at your photos on social media sites for indicators that might show or prove that you own the murder weapon or even a piece of clothing found at the scene of the crime. If you are suspected of arson, a prosecutor might look for photos posted of your garage that may contain an accelerant like gasoline or kerosene.
Comments By Others Might Be Used Against You
Comments made by other users on your social media posts may also be a concern. For example, if someone else who was associated with the alleged crime you are also suspected of has communicated with you via social media, this information could be used to establish a link between the two of you.
Or, say someone has inside knowledge of the case and leaves incriminating photos or written content on your posts. Unfortunately, these could be used to suggest that you also had inside knowledge and were associated with the crime in some way.
How to Protect Yourself on Social Media Sites During a Criminal Case
The best way to protect yourself on different social media sites during a criminal case is to follow the guidance of an experienced Colorado criminal defense lawyer. Richard B. Huttner has the skills and expertise needed to provide you with comprehensive, zealous legal representation. Call now for your consultation at 303-981-6366.