Remember that social media posts are evidence

On Behalf of | Oct 8, 2021 | Criminal Defense

If you have been accused of a drug-related crime — or any crime, for that matter — you may be released from jail after posting bond. This means that you’ll once again have access to your phone and your social media accounts. 

People often desire to post about what is happening in their life, especially when it’s something big like an arrest — and especially if you think that said arrest was unjust or unfair. Social media is just how people connect and share information, and it feels natural to write about what happened. 

Don’t do it. The best thing you can do is to avoid social media entirely. Remember that anything you post may show back up as evidence in your case. You are making public posts, even if you think that only your friends are reading them. You can’t expect them to stay private, and the authorities can use them against you. Even a seemingly innocent comment about spending time with someone may wind up as a link in your case and all that the prosecution needs to move against you. 

What if you delete the posts?

Deleting your posts may help, but it may not. There’s an old adage that everything you put on the internet is forever. Some sites archive older versions of web pages, for instance. Plus, it just takes one person to take a screenshot of your post, an activity that takes a split second, and you can never get it back. Even if you think the post is gone, it may not be. 

When facing serious accusations and a criminal drug case, always make sure you know what mistakes to avoid and what legal steps to take