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Social Media & the Potential Impacts It Can Have on Your Domestic Violence Case

By Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

May 1, 2020

As the world continues to move towards a completely digital age, social media remains to be one of the most influential technologies of our time. Especially with so many people being forced to spend time indoors due to the quarantine, social media usage has never been higher.

As many individuals post pictures and videos about the numerous ways they’re staying sane in the quarantine, it’s important to understand the impact of what you post on social media can have on your Florida domestic violence case.

Your Posts are Never Actually Private

The first thing you might be thinking is, “My profile is set to private, nobody can see what I’m posting except for my friends.”

Unfortunately, that isn’t the truth. While setting your social media page to private will prevent the average person from being able to see your page, it doesn’t stop the police. Social media companies often do whatever they have to in order to help the police convict criminals. This is commonly done by giving the police full access to otherwise “private” profiles.

Additionally, the police can gain access to your social media with very little haggling; and they are not required to obtain a search warrant to do so.

What Can Be Used Against Me?

The simple answer is everything. Legitimately everything that you post on social media can be used against your domestic violence case in some way or another.

Some of the most common ways individuals incriminate themselves through social media include:

  • Posting videos
  • Posting text messages
  • Posting images
  • Checking-in at locations
  • Harassing their significant other openly

How Is This Information Used?

Whether you post an incriminating video or you check-in at a location that proves you’re linked to the crime, social media can be used in numerous ways to prove that you’re guilty. The most common include:

  • Proving that the victim’s story is correct
  • Confirming alibis
  • Presenting new evidence to prove your involvement

Being charged with domestic violence means that the odds are against you from the start. Posting on social media during your investigation could lead to additional charges.

If you’ve been charged with domestic violence, there are options available to you to help protect your future. Call us today (305) 330-1360 to learn more over the phone.