As rapidly as the internet age has progressed, with millions of Americans posting much of their lives uninhibited to social media websites, the legal doctrine has been slow to catch up. As it stands, information and photographs that you upload onto the internet and can be publicly found may be used in a courtroom as evidence.
As such, if you're involved in a legal dispute of any kind, whether criminal or civil, it's important that you monitor what you are posting online.
There have been numerous reports of those accused of crimes or who have been plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits suffering due to careless posts to their Facebook or other website accounts. Often in these forums, people gain a false sense of security that the information they are sharing will be kept within their friendship circles.
However, even in cases where individuals meticulously monitor their privacy settings, their posts can still be found by the opposing side in the courtroom.
These supposed incriminating posts don't even need to be confessions or admissions of some guilt in the case - your internet activity can be presented as a testament to your character, which may seem less serious but can carry just as much weight , especially with a jury.
If you're involved in a lawsuit, you don't necessarily need to delete your profiles or engage in tactical erasing of your account, but it may be wise to review your past posts and be judicious with everything that you upload for the duration of the case.
A New Hampshire law firm can evaluate your case and advise you on how you should proceed with your interactions on the internet. Consider contacting one of the professionals at the Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates to assist you with your legal needs.