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Illinois criminal defense lawyerIf you have ever had your Miranda rights read to you, then you are familiar with the phrase, “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” but did you know that this applies to more than just your words? Everything from camera footage obtained at the scene to the items in your pocket, and right on down to your social media account can be mined for information. Yes, that is correct: your social media account can be used as evidence in a criminal charges case. Worse yet, it could mean the difference between a dismissal and a guilty verdict. Learn more about protecting yourself with help from the following.

Direct Evidence of a Crime

One of the absolute worst things you can do on social media is broadcast your crime, yet many have done it. A group of teens that raped a young girl, the man that was arrested after he posted a video of himself drinking and driving, and the recent shooting of an elderly man were all caught on Facebook live. All these situations, and many others can be used as direct evidence of a crime. Of course, the information on your account does not have to be quite as blatant.

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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyIn many ways, social media has been a positive step forward for mankind. It has given people the ability to connect and converse with others all around the world and brought families and friends closer. There is a drawback, however. Law enforcement has taken to social media platforms to find, charge, and even convict alleged suspects. Learn what you need to know about how your social media activity could negatively affect your life, and how you can protect your rights if you are currently facing criminal charges for your behavior on social media.

Drunk Driving and Social Media

While most people use social media to share their evening out with friends, a day at the beach, or a recent engagement, others have used it to boast about driving while under the influence. Unfortunately, many of them have been arrested because of that over-sharing of information. Even worse, their social media boast is often used as evidence against them.

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