Think Twice About Posting to Social Media
Episode 12: Louisville criminal defense attorney Tim Denison has over 30 years of experience representing clients in Louisville and across Kentucky. He remains convinced social media can cause significant complications for someone charged with a crime. Unfortunately, these complications are often self-imposed, so think before posting to social media.
Social Media Is a Snitch
In today’s world, social media is an integral part of our lives. We use it to stay connected with friends and family, to post pictures of our lives and to share our thoughts and opinions. While it can be a great way to stay connected, it can also be a source of trouble if it is not used with caution.
Louisville criminal defense attorney Tim Denison states that social media is “today’s version of the snitch” and that it can be used against you in a variety of legal situations. For example, if you are on probation and post a video of yourself drinking alcohol, it will be seen by probation officers and could be used to cause additional problems for you.
Tim also discusses how social media can be used against you in family law cases. He explains that posting your “dirty laundry” on social media can be used against you in court and can have a negative impact on your case. The best advice that Tim gives is to delete any posts that could be potentially incriminating. He comments that if you are in any kind of legal situation, it is best to delete your posts and to avoid posting anything that could be used against you. He also warns against posting pictures of yourself engaging in activities that are illegal or that would look bad in court.
It is important to use social media with caution. It can be a great way to stay connected, but it can also be used against you. If you are in any kind of legal situation, it is best to delete your posts and to avoid posting anything that could be used against you.
They Can Find Your Posts
The dangers of social media are particularly relevant in legal situations. Law enforcement and the courts can access any posts you make, and they can use them to incriminate you. Even if you think a post is private, it can still be used in court. For example, if you are in a divorce proceeding or some other family law situation and you are railing against your soon-to-be ex online, every bit of that can be brought into court.
Even if you are not in a legal situation, it is still important to be mindful of what you post. People can take things out of context and use them against you, and you never know who is watching your posts. For example, if you are trying to get an expungement, you should not post any information about it, as it can be used against you.
It raises the obvious question, “What crime did your commit that had to be expunged? The entire reason you go the charge expunged was to erase if from your record. By posting about it on social media, you’re opening a door that should have remained closed.
Finally, it is important to remember that once you post something on the internet, it is there forever. Even if you delete the post, someone else may have a copy or law enforcement may have access to it. It is important to be aware of the consequences of posting something online and to think twice before you post anything.
You Can’t Game the System
In today’s world, it is easy to be tempted to post about your personal life or opinions on social media. However, it is important to remember that this can have serious consequences. Attorney Tim Denison explains that it is not smart to try to use social media to “game the system” when it comes to influencing your case. Tim warned that law enforcement is more used to this than the average person and they will likely be able to see through any attempts to manipulate the system. He also pointed out that law enforcement can easily access your posts without a search warrant.
It is easy to be tempted to post about your personal life or opinions, but it is important to remember that this can have serious consequences. It is important to be aware of the consequences of posting something online and to think twice before you post.
Need to Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney?
Tim’s office phone number is (502) 589-6916. You can learn more via TimDenisonLaw.com. Tim’s principal office is located at: 235 South 5th St., Third Floor, Louisville, KY 40202.
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