Sharing every thought, event and emotion that you experience online on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other social media outlets may seem like the cool thing to do. Unfortunately, if you have pending criminal charges in the St. Clair Shores area, you might want to start restricting your online activities.
What you post online is likely to become immortalized if someone takes screenshots and shares it. Activities that law enforcement perceives as cyberbullying and stalking on social media could result in additional criminal charges. Social media is one of many sources law enforcement checks for evidence in criminal investigations. Here is some information for you to consider to prevent a negative outcome.
Watch your words and actions
While you are awaiting trial, you should be on your best behavior. Do not say anything about your legal circumstances to anyone other than your attorney. You should also avoid associating with people who may also have pending charges or past convictions. You do not want the prosecution to have any ammunition they can use to assassinate your character.
Do not try to destroy potential evidence
Intentionally deleting posts, documents and other potential evidence from your online account is illegal. You may think about restricting the audience your posts and activities are shared with to prevent discovery. However, your online activities and posts are traceable and subject to subpoena. Law enforcement has many forensic tools and experts they can use to recover deleted and allegedly destroyed online documents and files.
You should never risk the outcome of your case. Learn about the charges you face, the consequences and possible defense options. Mistakes can make it harder for you to stay on the right side of the law and may keep you from ending up with reduced or dismissed charges.