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Beware: How Social Media Can Ruin Your Case...

Anything you post on social media can and will be used against you in a court of law. Information shared on social media can cause complications if you find yourself involved in a legal dispute.  Insurance adjusters, lawyers, police, prosecutors and others often investigate social media profiles looking for evidence.  I know this because I have used evidence obtained from social media to help my clients win their cases.  I have witnessed social media data used to prosecute individuals for criminal offenses.   

In general, content posted on social media sites will most likely be admissible as evidence at trial.  Additionally, pictures and comments that friends make on a social media account can also be used as evidence against you.  If you or someone you know finds themselves involved in a legal dispute, please consider taking a few steps to protect yourself.

First and foremost, seriously consider deleting or suspending your social media accounts the moment you learn you may be a party to a legal dispute.  Shutting it all down is the best defense against prying eyes.

Second, if you choose to keep your social media accounts active, do not post any details about your case or make any comments about your legal matter.  Say nothing.  Post nothing.

Third, if you choose to keep your social media accounts active, immediately increase the privacy and security settings on your social media accounts.  Facebook and Twitter have “blocking” features that allow you to cut off selected individuals from being able to see your account.  Start blocking people.  Block the opposing party if they have social media accounts.  Block their friends and family.  Block their attorney. 

Third, immediately remove any past posts or photos that could be damaging to your case.  If you are not sure, ask your lawyer.

Fourth, talk with your family and friends and ask them to avoid posting anything about your case on their social media accounts. 

If you suddenly find yourself involved in a legal fight, call an attorney first.  Then check your social media accounts and follow the advice set forth above.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions.

Comments 1 Rating: Rated 5 star by 2 people.
Rick Rodgers FEBRUARY 28 2017
This is VERY Important Information to know when you do file a lawsuit against someone. I was wondering if the firm had got my message yesterday I had sent.

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