The Dangers of Social Media in Domestic Violence Cases

One of the biggest changes in recent years regarding domestic violence (and nearly all types of criminal cases) is social media’s ever-growing popularity. These platforms have changed the way cases are handled for numerous reasons. Not only do they hold evidence for prosecutors to seek a conviction, but they also give defendants a chance to prove their innocence.

Below, we’ll discuss some of the good and the bad when it comes to domestic violence cases.

The Bad

As criminal defense lawyers, we always aim to represent people who have been wrongfully accused of a crime. We know the impact that a domestic violence conviction can have on your life. However, we also realize that social media has created new and more ways for domestic violence to occur. Violence, in any case, even cyberbullying, is violence.

Social media is often a way for people to send threats. Many people feel that their social media profiles are private enough to post or send whatever message they want. However, there are several ways that prosecutors and their teams can access social activity.

While social media has opened a gateway for people to harass each other, it has also created opportunities to use evidence and defend from wrongful accusations. Here’s how:

The Good

Because prosecutors can access social media logs and message history, the accuser may say things that are often recorded. These conversations and statements can be used as defense evidence in the event your accuser mentions something about the case that proves your innocence.

At Springer & Steinberg, P.C., we want to defend you if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence. As serious as domestic violence is, a false accusation can ruin your life. Our Denver criminal defense attorneys will stand by your side every step of the way. We take these cases seriously, and we’ll go above and beyond when your rights and future are at stake.


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