Are you facing criminal charges? If so, one of the most important things you can do is to stay off social media. While it may be tempting to share your side of the story or vent about your frustrations online, doing so can have serious consequences for your case.
Reasons Why You Should Avoid Social Media If You Are Accused of a Crime
Anything You Say Can Be Used Against You in Court
Remember that anything you post online can be used as evidence against you in court. Even seemingly innocent posts or comments can be twisted and taken out of context to make you look guilty. It’s best to avoid posting anything related to your case altogether.
You May Accidentally Incriminate Yourself (Even If You Did Nothing Wrong)
Even if you’re careful about what you post, you may accidentally incriminate yourself by sharing information that you didn’t realize was relevant to your case.
For example, you may post a photo of yourself at a party, not realizing that the person who accused you of a crime was also at that party.
Expect Law Enforcement to Monitor Your Social Media
You should expect police investigators to monitor your social media accounts for evidence related to your case. Even if your accounts are set to private, they may be able to access your posts through a warrant or subpoena.
Your Activity Online Can Affect Your Reputation
Even if your social media activity isn’t directly related to your case, it can still impact your reputation in the eyes of the court and the public. Avoid posting anything that could be seen as inappropriate or unprofessional.
Contact Us for Legal Assistance
At the Law Office of Steven Fine, we understand how stressful and overwhelming it can be to face criminal charges. That’s why we’re here to provide compassionate and effective legal representation to clients throughout Chicago.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help with your case.