When people update their status or share photographs on Facebook and similar social networking sites, the justice system isn’t usually on their mind. But law enforcement officers who troll these sites for information related to investigations often like what they see: discovery. Since the information is generally public, there’s often nothing to stop the prosecution from using it against the defendant at trial. And even if they don’t use it in the courtroom, it might provide investigative leads.
Here are just a few of many possible examples of defendants incriminating themselves with online information.
The moral of the story is that people should think before posting potentially incriminating information about themselves online.
If you’re worried about information you’ve posted online or are otherwise concerned about criminal charges or investigation, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Only such a lawyer can advise you fully as to the law that applies to your situation.