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Can Social Media Posts After an Arrest Hurt My Criminal Defense Case?

Several weeks ago, we wrote a blog discussing how social media posts could cause problems with your divorce case. The same is true if you are being charged with a crime and were recently released. What you say can be used against you by the prosecution. Many law enforcement officials sleuth social media accounts to investigate crimes. A 2012 LexisNexus survey of federal, state and local law enforcement officials found that four out of five officers have used social media to gather information during investigations. Almost 50 percent of the respondents check social media accounts connected with open cases once per week. It is likely these figures have increased over the past five years. What types of mistakes should you avoid on social media while you are being investigated? You should never, ever discuss your case online. Whether it is on social media or through private text messaging, whatever you…
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