How Social Media Can Hurt my Criminal Case

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Every minute, thousands are on social media platforms making posts about their day, sharing a funny meme, or giving their opinion about the latest news. If your day involves getting connected to a serious incident, you may also decide to share that news on social media. However, as the team at The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates explains, that is not in your best interest.


Even if you have all privacy settings set up, you should always be prepared for someone to see what you post on your social media. Investigators are savvy and know of legal ways to obtain information from your social media profiles.

Similarly, if you don’t post anything necessarily about the incident online, you could self-incriminate yourself in other ways. For example, part of your defense may be that you were not at the location of the incident when the offense happened. However, if you posted a picture (or someone tagged you in a photo) showing you were at that location, it could be challenging to prove that you weren’t there.

As long as the evidence was obtained legally, prosecutors will use that to discredit your testimony and make it seem you are a liar.

Evidence From Others

While you may take every possible action to keep information about the offense off social media, your “friends” may not be as cautious. One example could be a friend making comments or statements about the incident on their personal profile or someone else’s post. Either way, if prosecutors can connect that friend’s comments back to actions you committed, they can use it as part of their case.

Another example is if your friend shows what you posted to a prosecutor. The legal team can easily see your profile if a friend willingly opens it for them. That’s why keeping all information offline and between you and your lawyer is best if you are accused of being part of a criminal offense.

Criminal Defense Attorney in Rancho Cucamonga

No matter what type of criminal defense accusation you face, it is critical to have an expert criminal defense team assisting you. Our dedicated Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense team at The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates is ready to work on your case and put your interests first. Don’t lose hope after being accused of an offense — let The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates help you. Contact us online or by phone to get started. (909) 658-7341

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