The use of social media has penetrated our culture and seeped its influence into countless areas of our lives. It seems that everyone has some form of a profile these days and sometimes what we reveal online can become too much. Statuses and pictures are one way that social media outlets allow users to share their experience with friends and others, depending on privacy settings. Some people forget that what you put out on the internet can be hard to take back and it may not only be those closest to you that are looking at what you have to say. More and more cases are beginning to take the information found online as evidence in a case. Some people may feel that their profile is safe, only to find that their updates come back to haunt them.
One recent example is a group of gang members in the New York area that took to their profiles to show off their illegal weapons. While they may have felt safe at the time doing this, they have since then been recognized and pinpointed by the police, become an interest in investigations. It is not only those with weapons charges that may leak information, profiles can be used by officers and prosecution, including manipulating items to look like something they are not. It is important to watch what you put out there on your profile. Just as you would refrain from speaking to officers until your lawyer is present for the purpose of avoiding giving them information they may use against you, your profile should also be handled in this way. Criminal charges can cost you and it is best to take the precautions you can to avoid any negative outcomes. Call my firm as soon as possible and put your case in the hands of an adept White Plains criminal attorney.