If you have been wrongfully accused of domestic violence, chances are that you’re simultaneously scared and furious. And where do millions of Americans go to vent when injustice is affecting their existence? Social media. If you’re tempted to vent on social media about the situation you’re facing, that is both understandable and in line with how adults process their experiences in modern times.
However, it is very important – critically important, even – that you resist this urge. Regardless of what your privacy settings say, the prosecutor who has been assigned to your case is going to find a way to see what you’re up to on social media while your case is pending. They can – and likely will – use anything that you say as evidence to undermine your defense.
The stakes of your case are so high that losing it could impact your freedom, your job and even your custody rights. You don’t want to compromise the strength of your defense simply because you – understandably – need to vent. Find a trusted person to talk to and communicate with them either face-to-face or over the phone.
Take care with other electronic communications too
“Can’t I just text or email them?” you may be thinking. The answer to that question is “No.” Why? The prosecutor assigned to your case could potentially use any of your electronic communications against you, even if they are taken out of context.
In order to be safe rather than sorry, assume that anything that you write or post until your case is resolved is being read by a prosecutor. If you’ve already written something that could be used against you and you’re starting to panic, don’t hesitate to seek legal guidance to clarify your rights and options.