Can social media or internet information be used to prove a case against me in court?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

In the twelve years that I’ve been practicing law, I’ve seen a very great change in the prevalence of internet or social media information being used against defendants in criminal cases as evidence. Anything that you say on the internet or through social media, for one thing, may indelibly leave its mark forever moving forward in a way that you may not like, and that could be used against you in a crime. There are certain limitations as to what the police may be able to access without obtaining a warrant in terms of your email or specific Facebook or other social media information. However, any time that you put something out into the world on the internet or through social media, you should assume that you’re doing so at your own risk.