What can possibly be worse than the latest trend of sharing pictures of every meal on Instagram? Posting incriminating photos of yourself tops the list. Social media has made us our own worst enemy. More and more people are being accused, sued, and convicted based on evidence they provided.
Social Media Provides Evidence to Investigators
If your third cousin twice removed, classmate from high school, or neighbor from ten years ago can see the picture of you posing with a stolen goods, illegal gun, or marijuana, then the police can too. Photos and information from social media platforms are providing investigators with a wealth of evidence, provided by the suspects themselves.
It’s only a matter of time before police find out how to use the Apple Watch and FitBits, that we wear on our wrists and tracks our daily movements, against us. With technology advancing every day, maybe our stoves and refrigerators will be able to tip off the police when we plot to poison our spouse… who knows?
Protection against Self Incrimination
The Fifth Amendment protects us against self-incrimination, but it seems like everything we post can and will be used against us in a court of law. Everything you post on the Internet is there forever and anyone can see it. We hear this more than enough, but it is time people take it seriously. Next time you’re underage drinking, shoplifting, or doing any other illegal activities think twice before sharing it with the World Wide Web.
If you have been accused of a crime based off something you posted on social media, contact me, defense attorney William C. Miller. I work to protect your rights. Call me today at (732) 742-5556.