Using Social Networking And Discovery In Your Defense

Social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have become immensely popular. These online systems allow individuals to share thoughts and events quicker and with vast numbers of people all at once.

From a legal standpoint, social networking can also be a tool for discovery, in both criminal defense and family law cases.

For example, lawyer Christa Groshek was involved in a case where a client was charged with a sex crime. By examining Facebook chat messages between the client and the person making the allegations, it was clear that the "victim" told the defendant she was of legal age to consent. The charges were dropped once the evidence was presented. These types of messages — as well as Tweets, wall posts, blog posts and other self-posted content — can be used as part of the defense.

Social Networking In Minnesota Criminal Defense Cases

Just as criminal defense attorneys may be able to use social networking platforms as a source of discovery, law enforcement agencies may do the same. If, after committing a crime, a person says something about it on Facebook or Twitter, that information may also be used by law enforcement officials and prosecutors.

Social networking platforms that could potentially be sources of discovery include:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google +
  • Flickr
  • Foursquare
  • Android and iPhone applications
  • Email
  • Text messages
  • Chat and instant messages

By promptly and thoroughly investigating all sources of potential discovery, we can better protect the rights of our clients and provide more effective criminal defense tactics.

To learn more information about social networking and criminal defense in Minnesota, contact Groshek Law online or call us in Minneapolis at 612-424-5829. We defend clients throughout the Twin Cities.