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Social media has a powerful way of connecting individuals and disseminating information. However, if used improperly, it can also provide evidence that could incriminate you.

Facing criminal charges should make you extra cautious about the information you share with others. A frivolous outlook on what you say and who you say it to could backfire. Knowing how to balance the fine line of socializing without oversharing could protect you from self-incrimination.

Uncovering “hidden” information

Even if you went through and erased content on your social media platform, many forensic investigators have ways to recover posts, stories and messages. According to Microsoft, erasing something that you post to the interweb is next to impossible. As you prepare for a criminal trial, keep in mind that anything you have previously shared on your social media could come into play somewhere in the process.

Spreading sensitive details

Information, especially that of confidential nature, can spread like wildfire on social media. Even if you use a private messaging system, be careful about who you share information with. Talking about your pending charges with others could jeopardize the integrity of your case. Follow the lead of your legal team before you say anything to anyone.

There are guidelines for proper and safe social media use that apply to everyone. Paying extra attention to your online behavior considering your current situation can protect you from more severe allegations. Keep the details of your case confidential, and refrain from sharing them with anyone in your social circle.