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Using social media during your criminal case

On Behalf of | Oct 3, 2023 | CRIMINAL LAW - Criminal Defense

Social media is an integral part of many Oklahomans’ daily lives, allowing them to connect with friends, share thoughts and get updates on what is happening in the world. However, when you are facing a criminal case, be aware of how your social media activity can impact your situation.

Before hitting that “Post” button, remember that anything you say or share online may end up going against you in court. Avoid discussing your case, making incriminating statements or sharing sensitive information related to your situation.

Remain mindful of photos and check-ins

Photos and check-ins can provide significant evidence in your Oklahoma case. Avoid sharing pictures that could incriminate you or using location-based services that place you at the scene of a crime.

Privacy settings are not foolproof

While you might have adjusted your privacy settings to limit who can see your posts, never assume that your content is entirely secure. Screenshots and shared posts can quickly spread, potentially reaching unintended eyes. Exercise caution with every post, regardless of your privacy settings.

Deleting posts does not erase them

Deleting a post may seem like a quick fix to remove potentially damaging content, but the internet has a long memory. Various types of professionals can often retrieve deleted posts and use them in legal proceedings. Once something is online, consider it permanent.

Beware of friends and followers

About 4.9 billion people worldwide use social media. Friends and followers on social media may not always have your best interests at heart. Be cautious about accepting new friend requests or followers during your case. You may unknowingly connect with individuals who could use your online activity against you.

Avoid talking about the judge, jury or opposing parties

Do not discuss the judge, jury or anyone involved in your case on social media. Making disparaging comments or threats can lead to contempt of court charges and additional legal problems.

If the court issues specific orders related to your social media activity, such as refraining from posting about your case, ensure strict compliance. Violating court orders can result in severe consequences.