Yes, photos, videos, status updates, tweets, and other social media content you produce can be used against you in criminal proceedings in New Jersey.
More importantly, police and prosecutors are able to look at and “mine” any publicly available material on the internet without a warrant.
This is dangerous to you because many people believe that their privacy settings are more comprehensive than they are.
In fact, you should consider anything other than e-mail to be fair game to prosecutors, and even e-mail can be accessed with a warrant.
If your computer, tablet, or smartphone has been seized as part of a warrant, you can expect that the contents – including emails stored on the hard drive – can be accessed and used against you.
If you’re facing criminal prosecution, you should protect yourself by shutting down all your social media accounts completely.
Even if you think you’re playing it safe, any conversations online that appear to contradict statements you’ve given to police may be used against you.
To learn how to protect yourself during a criminal prosecution, call attorney Matthew Reisig at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation today.