· Police look to Facebook first.
· Social media can be used in court—and often is.
Criminal defendants love to talk about their exploits, and social media is the perfect place for it. It is obvious why this wouldn’t be a good idea as it provides evidence that can be used against you, and it is used against criminal defendants all the time.
Police always look at Facebook
And why wouldn’t they? I look people up on Facebook all the time. NEVER say things on Facebook you don’t want repeated. This rule is most true and impactful when criminal activity is involved. It would be fruitless to discuss the nature of criminal activity and what should and should not be illegal. If you are going to break the law, don’t talk about it on Facebook. The police will catch you.
Social media can be used against you in court (and in life)
Social media is a treasure trove in both civil and criminal law. People say things that are revealing and harmful. Criminal defendants brag about crimes, and prosecutors use that information. Civil plaintiffs and defendants make statements that hurt their cases, and opposing attorneys find and use that information.
Cheating spouses are caught on social media.
Kids skipping school are caught.
Employees skipping work are caught.
The list goes on and on.
What you say on social media will get you caught (if it hasn’t already). Again, don’t say things that will be detrimental to you later. It doesn’t take a law degree to know some things are better left unsaid.