How Social Media Hurts Your Criminal Charge Defense in Minnesota


So many people have integrated social media accounts into their everyday lives. They send “snaps” to people via Snapchat, post photos of their dinners on Instagram, tweet their thoughts or update their Facebook status at least once a day. But, is it possible that people share too much information online? After all, so many of us share information online that we would never otherwise share with someone directly.

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you’re really going to want to rethink your social media use. This is because some information you post online may wind up being used as evidence in court. You’d be surprised how many law enforcement agencies turn to social media to investigate crimes.

So, exactly what type of information does law enforcement look at when building a case against you? Our criminal defense lawyer explains.

  • Any photos you post.
  • Your profile content.
  • The friends you interact with on social media.
  • Photos posted by friends who have tagged you.
  • The location you’re in when you post .
  • Your posted videos.
  • Who and what you like and/or follow.
  • The groups you’re a part of on social media.
  • Times you log on and off of your pages.
  • The messages you post.

When you’re willing to leave information out there for anyone to see, you can’t complain about privacy violations. It does not matter if you set your privacy to only allow your friends to see your posts, as a law enforcement official can still gain access. And even if you delete something, it’s still never really gone, because that post could have been shared 100 times before you deleted it.

We understand you enjoy social media, and it is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. But if you’re going through the criminal court system, you need to protect yourself and your innocence. If you’ve been charged with a crime, contact us today.