With the explosion of Facebook and other social media sites lately, many people post things without realizing that it may hurt them. In a recent criminal case, an inmate was caught with a cell phone in prison because he was not only posting from his cell phone on facebook but posting about his new cell phone on facebook.
If you are reading this blog, chances are you have a facebook account as well. However, if you are involved in a family law case, it would be wise for you to remember the phrase read to everyone on TV when they are arrested. “Everything you say can and will be used against you in court.”
The way I always approach my own facebook posts is I ask myself the question “Would I want my grandmother to see this post?” My grandfather is on facebook, though he doesn’t look at it that often, so it is possible that he is reading everything I post, or sharing it with my grandmother.
A recent blog post on Lawyers.com goes into much more detail about specific family law examples where people got in trouble because they were posting about things they were doing that were not good for their kids. Of course bad behavior will likely be brought up in Court anyway but when there is clear evidence of your behavior on facebook, there is not much you can say to explain it away.
The same rules apply to anything you send in an e-mail, tweet, private message, private chat, text message, or other online communication. If what you are saying is in writing, the person you send it to can easily save what you sent them for future use. It is now easier than ever to take screenshots of text messages you receive on a smartphone so make sure that whatever you send is something you wouldn’t mind sharing with a judge.
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