If you have been accused of a crime, the last thing you should do is start making statements on social media. Keep in mind that there are many social media platforms that the police and prosecutors could access. If you post about your arrest or any relevant details, you could be digging yourself into a hole.
You should avoid saying or doing anything online that could lead to further information getting out that could be used against you. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Prevent others from boosting the prosecution’s case
An important thing to consider is that your social media presence is not just controlled by you — what your family and friends say and do could affect you as well. If you were out with another person during a drive when you were stopped for a DUI, for example, you should remember that their actions could hurt you, too. If they post on their own account that you were driving drunk, that statement could be seen and kept as evidence to use against you later.
What can you do to limit how social media affects your case?
To limit social media’s impact on your case, your priority should be to stay offline whenever possible. It’s a good idea to disable your accounts or to completely close and deactivate them when you can.
Doing this might seem like overkill, but the best way to defend yourself is by taking your defense seriously. That means staying quiet and limiting the opportunities there are for the prosecution to find more evidence to bolster the case against you.
Get help if you’re facing serious charges
If you’re facing the aftermath of a DUI arrest, drug charges or another criminal issue, make sure you understand the risks and are prepared to defend yourself. Knowing your rights and responsibilities may help you minimize the chances of ending up with a conviction, which could lead to serious consequences in your life now and in the future.
We’re here to help. Contact us at Law Offices Of Michael P. McGuire LLC for a free consultation by calling to learn more about your options.