How Social Media Can Harm Your Court Case
The Texas courts are not lenient with sex offenders. Those charged face long prison sentences and substantial fines. Moreover, after registering with local law enforcement, convicted individuals have a great deal of trouble finding suitable employment and housing.
As such, it is incredibly important for those charged with sex crimes to act carefully and sensibly during any legal proceedings. Yet it is common for many individuals to implicate themselves. In particular, those who use social media have a tendency to reveal incriminating evidence. Of course, they don’t always know that they’re doing so.
How We Help
The attorneys at Kyle Law Firm offer aggressive defense representation to individuals charged with all manner of sex crimes. Drawing on more than 60 years of combined experience, we know how to build effective defenses against criminal allegations, and have earned acquittals for many of our clients in New Braunfels, San Marcos and throughout Central Texas.
Our work, however, is more difficult when our clients implicate themselves on social media. With this in mind, we advise the individuals we represent to avoid various internet behaviors while their case is in process, including:
- Posting pictures of yourself or others to social media
- Participating on message boards or comment threads in any way that could be seen as controversial
- Participating in chat rooms
- Soliciting strangers on the internet for conversation
- Performing searches on topics that may be criminal in nature
- Posting on social media any updates that can be construed as criminal
Police and others perform online surveillance. It’s wise to keep in mind that a great deal of what you post is publicly available. In addition, the authorities in some cases may obtain a warrant to search your phone or computer for evidence. This will give them access to your files, as well as much of your internet history. This is why it is so important to be careful as your case proceeds.
Protecting Your Reputation And Your Rights
To learn more about our services, or to speak with a lawyer, reach out to our firm for help. You can call us at 830-620-9402 or arrange an appointment online. Initial consultations are free and confidential.