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Criminals and Social Media

 These days, almost everyone uses some form of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram that can sometimes give a peek into very personal aspects of someone’s life for the world to see. All too frequently these days, people find the need to broadcast to the world their every move, whether it be a Snapchat story of their Saturday night, a Facebook check-in to brunch on Sunday, or an Instagram photo of them using illegal drugs, complete with hashtags related to their behavior. Whether it is a potential employer or a local police department, the consequences from the post can be endless and the decision to post photos of illegal activity requires a high level of stupidity. Recently, in North Carolina, a woman was arrested for animal cruelty after posting a photo of a dog with duct tape wrapped tightly around its mouth with a caption, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up!!!” The post sparked outrage on the internet and the woman was arrested shortly thereafter. She may do her time in the eyes of the legal system, but her name and behavior will forever be in cyberspace.

In November of 2015, a Miami man was found guilty of the murder of his wife after he shot her and then immediately posted a photo of her body to his Facebook page with the note, “Im [sic] going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife love you guys miss you guys takecare [sic]Facebook people you will see me in the news.” This information undoubtedly sealed his fate in his criminal trial.

Upon the founding of this country, the drafters of the Constitution felt it was of great importance to give everyone the right against self-incrimination. Those that take to social media to post themselves committing crimes are effectively waiving this right.  In essence, this man admitted to the world he had committed murder.

Bottom line: If you commit crimes, do yourself and your lawyer a favor by not documenting the crimes via photos, videos, or social media. If you or someone you know has been arrested, call Orlando Gonzalez for a free consultation. (561) 500-4529

By | 2017-03-03T16:29:09+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Criminals and Social Media

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