As the stay-at-home orders continue to keep individuals inside, social media usage continues to reach new heights, and we want to explain how social media could be used against you in court.
Private Isn’t All That Private
You might have read to this point and thought, “None of this applies to me. My profiles are private, and only my friends can see what I post.” While this is true when talking about the average social media user, this doesn’t necessarily apply when it comes to domestic violence cases.
Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have been known to support law enforcement officers in any way that they can in regard to criminal cases. These platforms routinely give law enforcement officials access to “private” profiles if they have reason to believe it will lead to a conviction. We’d also like to point out that this can often be done without the need for a search warrant.
So, what does this mean for you?
It means that you should assume that nothing you post on social media is truly private and that you should always think before you post, especially if you’re dealing with pending domestic violence charges.
Once the police have access to your profiles, they could use what they find against you in court to:
- Bring forth new evidence
- Confirm the victim’s statements
- Confirm that you were, in fact, at the crime scene
- Link missing pieces together
Meade Law Group Is Here to Help Protect Your Future
Following a domestic violence arrest, it is crucial for you to do everything you can to increase your chances of successfully fighting your charges. Unfortunately, what you post on social media could harm your pending case.
If you’ve been arrested for domestic violence in Tennessee, you’re going to need a team you can trust to fight for your future. Our team of experienced Tennessee domestic violence defense attorneys has been helping our clients move past their mistakes for countless years.
Call us today (423) 464-7779 to learn more about how we can help.