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Facing criminal charges? Stay off social media

While it is completely understandable that you might feel anxious or uneasy when you face a Connecticut criminal charge, you can do yourself a favor by avoiding using social media until your case concludes. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we have seen firsthand the damage that can occur when people facing criminal charges continue to use social media, and we have helped many people facing such charges pursue favorable solutions that meet their needs.

According to Flux magazine, social media postings are, in many cases, admissible in court, meaning that the things you say or post online can potentially come back to bite you. Ultimately, whether social media content ends up being admissible in court depends on whether it is, in fact, authentic, and it also depends on whether the content accurately depicts what the other side argues it does.

So, how might your use of social media potentially impact your criminal case? In some cases, it can help the other side build its case against you. Say, for example, that you claimed to be at home when a crime occurred, but your social media accounts demonstrate otherwise, whether through online check-ins or what have you. You can expect that the opposition will raise this issue in court.

Similarly, others can utilize social media to potentially gather witnesses to use in a case against you, or to identify people who might be able to help the other side. These are just a few of the ways using social media while your case is ongoing can potentially hurt you, but it is important to note there are many other ways it may impact your case. So, before you post photos, check in to the places you visit or otherwise communicate online, ask yourself – is it worth the risk? You can find out more about criminal defense on our webpage.

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