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Charged with a Crime in Denver? Stay Off Social Media

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

It seems like a no-brainer. If you have been charged with a crime in Arapahoe, Adams, or Jefferson County, don't talk to the police. Unfortunately, many people don't realize they are feeding the police information on a daily basis. What do I mean by this? Many people give information to investigators about their case, without even knowing it.

Why You Should Stay Off Social Media: Twitter Confession

Kevin has been charged with Unlawful Sexual Contact in Denver County. The woman is accusing Kevin of touching her sexually – but Kevin denies the allegations. He did everything he was supposed to: He politely refused to talk to the police, and he contacted an aggressive criminal defense lawyer in Denver. Kevin understands the importance of fighting the sex charges against him. Unfortunately, Kevin doesn't realize his social media accounts are being closely monitored – a police investigator is checking his Twitter, Facebook, Google +, and Instagram accounts daily. One day, Kevin is frustrated by the way his trial is progressing – he tweets about the case. “Wish I'd known she didn't want to party – I wouldn't have touched her.” Oops. Kevin has just admitted to the world that he did touch the woman. Now, the District Attorney will have evidence against him to use in Douglas County court.

Real Life Examples of Social Media Fails in Criminal Cases

You may think people don't actually post about their case online – but this is simply not the case. For example, an article about social media going wrong in the courtroom lists examples of cases where defendants posted about their case. One man in California was facing drug charges. Investigators found photos of him posing online with his marijuana plants, boasting about how much cash they would make him. Another defendant had pictures of him stabbing a frog, and holding a knife to a kitten – he had been charged with murder. Also, registered sex offenders create accounts in violation of their treatment and parole, thinking they won't be found. Unfortunately, we are faced daily with situations where our clients have posted on social media. This makes our job much more difficult.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”100%”]Posting on social media makes our job of defending you even more difficult.[/pullquote]

Why You Need a Lawyer in Criminal Cases

It's easy to make mistakes in criminal cases. Most of our clients have never been charged with a crime before, so the entire process is new. It's impossible to know all the ins-and-outs of the justice system in Colorado. That's why you need a excellent attorney by your side, instructing you about the entire process, and ensuring you don't make mistakes which could harm your case. You wouldn't attempt a life-changing surgery on your own, so don't attempt to handle a life-changing case without professional help. Your future is at stake – work with a lawyer who fights to win.

Request a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, be smart, stay off social media, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. If you need a lawyer to go visit a friend in the county jail, we are available for jail meetings. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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