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How can social media impact a criminal case?

Social media is so heavily used by a major portion of the population. It seems as though people don’t even think twice about what they post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, etc., anymore. What they don’t realize is that sometimes, even the most seemingly insignificant social media post can become a major part of a criminal investigation. It can even make or break the outcome of a case.

There are examples time and time again in which investigators were looking for information on social media about what happened in an instance of criminal activity and come to find that either the suspect is totally not who they expected it to be or takes the investigation into a completely different direction. A lot of people are under the impression that if they post something on social media but delete it, it’s gone forever. That’s simply not true. Anything you have ever posted anywhere, even a post on Snapchat (which “disappears” after a few seconds), can be recovered.

If you are involved as a suspect in a criminal investigation, it is important to be aware of the impact that social media has. If you need legal representation for a criminal defense matter, contact our firm today.

Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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