Social media has become a part of daily life for most people. From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, many people stay connected on their mobile phones through social media apps. Most people assume that the worst thing about social media is that it sucks you away from having real relationships with real people. While this is certainly true, social media can become particularly dangerous after an arrest. Know these things about social media and how to get the help you need after being arrested for a crime.
Your Private Profile Is Less Private Than You Think
Many social media profiles have privacy settings so only people you accept as friends or followers can see what you post. However, this does not afford you as much protection as you might think it does. It’s easy for people to create fake accounts and friend request you, or for people you already know to allow others access to your profile. Additionally, in some criminal cases, it may be possible for law enforcement to subpoena the contents of your profile.
Don’t Go On a Deleting Spree
It may be tempting to delete potentially incriminating posts after you’ve been arrested for a crime. However, this could actually be more troublesome than leaving the posts up. When you scrub your social media profiles, this makes you appear as though you have something to hide, even if you don’t. You may also accidentally delete posts that could be used by your defense attorney to provide an alibi for where you were or what you were doing at the time of the alleged crime. Talk to an attorney before doing anything with your profiles.
Don’t Post About the Case — At All
You may think posting a harmless tweet saying you were arrested might not do any harm. Or, you may exercise your right to free speech and go into detail about how you dislike the police officers or other officials working your case and how they’re being unfair to you. While you certainly do have the right to free speech, posting things like this can only bring trouble. Avoiding problems caused by social media after the arrest is as simple as not posting about the case. Those who need to know what’s going on can contact you personally.
Being arrested in Florida is a frightening experience. Contact T. Martin Knopes, P.A. for experienced criminal defense representation and advice on how to handle social media after being arrested for a crime. Call now at (850) 683-0700.