The Impact of Social Media on Your Case
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram are ubiquitous in modern life. Do you know where else social media is ubiquitous? In the courtroom. Nothing, and I mean nothing, you post of social media is safe. If social media is going to be a factor in your case—and chances are it will be—make sure its being used in your favor, and not against you.
Social Media in the CourtroomSocial media such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram are ubiquitous in modern life. Do you know where else social media is ubiquitous? In the courtroom. I would estimate that more that 80% of my divorce cases somehow deal with a person*s social media footprint. Everyone reading this needs to carefully consider everything you put into the digital universe*these posts will come back to haunt you. Did you know that, even if you delete Facebook posts, they can still be retrieved and used against you in court? Trust me, I know how to extract every thread of digital evidence against your former loved one. However, other attorneys know how to do the same thing against you.
Think before you click. And do not think you are safe just because you have strict privacy settings, or because you are posting on Snapchat. Nothing, and I mean nothing, you post of social media is safe. If social media is going to be a factor in your case*and chances are it will be*make sure its being used in your favor, and not against you.
Should I avoid technology completely?However, this is not to say all technology is bad. One of the greatest tools you can use to help in a pending or future legal action is email, texts and voice and video recording. If you are involved in a case, or suspect a case is in your future, it is invaluable for you to have documentation of all conversations between you are your ex. I always advise clients to try to communicate solely though text or email. That way, there is a solid record of what was said, when it was said, and who said it. Voice recordings are also good, but there can be some controversy as to who is actually being recorded. Finally, if there has to be a face-to-face meeting, don*t be afraid to video the encounter. Believe it or not, the knowledge that a person is being videoed can actually cause that person to act out worse than they would, otherwise.
In this day and age, it is impossible to escape technology. However, you have the ability to ensure these forms of media will not rob you of your rights, or an outcome that you truly deserve.