Social Media Can Affect the Outcomes of Criminal Offence Charges
The rise of social media over the past decade has started to influence all types of legal cases, from civil suit and divorces to criminal offence charges. What many people do not realize is social media posts, pictures, and videos are often considered public knowledge because they are being posted on a public forum.
If you have been charged with a criminal offence, there are specific things you need to know about social medial and how it can affect the outcome of your case. It is highly recommended to review the following information.
- Do not post any details about your charges on social media.
It can be tempting to post updates about your criminal charges. However, this is not in your best interests. If you say something or post something that is questionable or can be taken out of context, you can believe the prosecution will use it against you in any way they can.
- Avoid posting on social media if you have bail conditions/restrictions.
If you are out on bail with restrictions, such as a curfew, the last thing you need is for pictures of your ending up your social media pages showing you out with friends. Even if you don’t personally post the pictures, simply being tagged in them could be grounds for the prosecution to submit a bail condition violation to the court.
- Do not post derogatory comments about the police, prosecution, or judge.
Saying negative and derogatory things about the police, prosecuting attorney or judge hearing your case is never good. Not only could these things be used against you, it could alter the opinion of these legal professionals and give them even more reason to work harder to prove your guilt.
- Do stop using social media until your case is fully resolved.
The best legal advice you could follow is to stop using social media. If you avoid using social media, then you can avoid any risks of hurting your case. If you are finding it difficult to stay off social media, consider deleting the apps from your devices, but DO NOT delete your accounts.
- Do not delete your social media accounts or posts.
If you start deleting your social media accounts or posts, it can make the prosecution believe you are attempting to hide something. They can subpoena the owner of the social media site for your account records and history. Even though you deleted the account or posts, the social media site owner has backups.
- Let your Toronto criminal defence lawyer know about any questionable posts.
If you have posts that could be questionable and potentially related to your charges, you need to let your criminal defence lawyer know about these right away. The last thing they need is to be caught off guard during a court hearing or your trial.
As you can see, social media use while dealing with criminal charges could affect the outcome. If you have been charged with a criminal offence and want expert legal advice, please feel free to contact Jeff Hershberg at 416-428-7360 today to schedule a free case consultation!