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Should you talk about your arrest on social media?

Social media seems to be more than a passing trend. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, roughly 70% of Americans use online platforms to maintain contact with family members, friends and followers. Depending on your social media usage, it even may help you earn a living.

While there is probably nothing inherently wrong with uploading pictures of your dinner, talking about your day or even keeping tabs on a celebrity, it is not a good idea to talk about your arrest on social media.

Detectives and prosecutors have social media too

Most police departments have substantial resources they can use to investigate suspected criminal activity. Even if you have locked down the privacy settings on your social media platforms, you can expect detectives and prosecutors to get their hands on your posts.

You do not want to incriminate yourself

Even if you think your social media posts are harmless, you simply cannot predict all of their consequences. As you may suspect, prosecutors can and will use your online statements against you. Depending on the nature of your arrest, officers may even use your posts to obtain search warrants.

You may limit your options

To secure a conviction, prosecutors must prove each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. If their evidence is shaky, prosecutors may offer you a decent plea deal. Still, if your social media posts irritate prosecutors or the judge, you may have limited options.

Ultimately, even though you enjoy using social media, staying silent about your criminal matter is one of the more effective ways to avoid making your situation considerably worse.