If you have a claim against someone, or even if you’re trying to defend yourself in a case – it’s important to know how social media can impact your claims. Many people flock (more than 2 billion at a time to be exact) on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but unfortunately, a lot of people can (and do) post their everyday lives on these platforms, as well as share opinionated views on things.
The downside to this, is that depending on your case, what you post can have detrimental impacts on you winning your case. In this guide, we’re going to tell you how social media can impact your case, and why you need to be careful online if you’re being prosecuted against, or prosecuting.
What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You
One thing to remember at all times is your Miranda Rights. When you’re dealing with a court case on either side, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” and this applies to online usage as well.
Some things that you need to be careful with according to a personal injury lawyer are:
- Posting about anything that discriminates against race, religion, etc.
- Posting your social status about your case. This can cause bad reactions and come back to bite you in the behind in the courtroom.
- Posting sensitive information about your location or identity.
- Don’t talk about yourself and the situation, and don’t talk about the other person in the case. This can be considered harassment and bullying.
- Do not talk to anyone related to the person you’re prosecuting (or who is prosecuting you) without a lawyer present. If they send a message to you, take it to your attorney immediately.
- Be careful about reposting things that may seem derogatory in any way (if you have any of these kinds of posts, you may want to get rid of them on your profile).
Another big one is posting their social status (i.e.- “I’m about to go and get drunk! Come party!”). Doing this is a huge no-no, and should always be avoided anyway. Even more so if you’re being tried for anything. It just shows that you don’t care and that you’re going to throw caution to the wind, which makes you look very irresponsible.
There Are Things that Can Help You on Social Media
While you may want to be leery of these things during a court trial, there are some things that can definitely help you in the event of a case. For example, if you had posted your whereabouts and then had video or physical (photographical proof) that you were there during the time that you were being accused of being somewhere else, this can definitely help you in the long run. Always make sure to keep an eye on things and keep your social media accounts in check.
Also, be sure to check your passwords when it comes to your social media accounts. You need to be as professional and proper as possible, but if you’re in the middle of a case, you want to make sure that nothing on your social media is compromised. If this happens and gets into the wrong hands, it could mean very serious trouble for you. It can also nullify your injury claims (if you show that you weren’t injured in any way) that you may be trying to put out there.