Social Media and Sex Crimes

Although many people may think little about what they say or post on social media outlets, these sites may later be used in criminal cases to verify certain pieces of information or provide unexpected evidence. In the case of sex crimes, it is usually rare for direct criminal proof to be found online, as pictures featuring offensive material are usually tagged for deletion from the website. However, it is plausible for an alibi or person’s testimony to become compromised as a result of photographic or textual evidence found on a social media site.

If you are facing allegations of a sex crime, contact Massachusetts sex crime lawyer James Powderly at 508-343-0676 for a free consultation today.

Types of Evidence

By far, the internet has been one of the most useful inventions of the past century. With the ability to store and share an almost inconceivable amount of information across a single medium, the changes to society that internet use has produced are profound. In the case of social media, this can mean that someone may be able to determine where a person was on a given date, at a given time, and even who they were with. In criminal cases, this can be discovered through the following forms of evidence:

  • Videos
  • Sound recordings
  • Photographs
  • Suspect-created textual evidence
  • Witness-created textual evidence
  • Log-in information

These pieces of evidence can describe, with varying levels of accuracy, the scene of a crime or whether or not a person is telling the truth, which can potentially make the difference in a criminal case.

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As people record their lives through all manners of electronic communication, the amount of evidence in a given case can increase as well. If you have been charged with a sex crime, knowing your rights and options is an important part of the criminal defense process. For a better understanding about evidence and how it can work in your case, contact Massachusetts sex crime attorney James Powderly today by calling 508-343-0676.


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