Social media—from Facebook and Instagram to Twitter and other services—is a big part of our world today. And if you are facing criminal charges, social media can play a critical role in your defense.
It’s easy to assume that your public social media accounts won’t be subjected to scrutiny. You’re only sharing the information with your friends and family, after all. Right?
Not really. If you don’t take the time to make your social media accounts private, they can be used against in a criminal defense case. There are many ways this can happen and being aware of the potential liability is the first step toward protecting yourself.
But how does this look in real life? Here is a real-life example of the role a social media account can play in a criminal defense case.
How It Can Be Used
Criminal Defense Attorney John Webb has found several uses for social media over the years.
First and foremost, social media can be a great source for potential defense evidence. John had a client who was charged with aggravated assault in Nashville, and the case went to trial.
During trial, the alleged victim claimed to have been totally innocent and claimed to have done nothing to provoke the incident. Fortunately, John had searched the alleged victim’s social media accounts and found multiple posts made by the alleged victim that did not align with the given testimony.
John cross-examined the alleged victim and demonstrated that the story given was incomplete. The jury returned a not guilty verdict, largely as a result of the introduction of evidence from social media and this cross-examination.
This Goes both Ways
On the flip side of this equation, defendants must be very careful about their use of social media so that no incriminating information is discovered.
John recommends to all clients upon hiring that they make all accounts private and refrain from making comments related to their charges.
Your online history can follow you as a criminal defendant—old accounts and old posts can come back to haunt you as you mount your defense.
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