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Be Careful Who You are "Facebooking" With

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With little or no privacy protections on Facebook, police use your own "friends" list and photos to incriminate you.

By Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini, Criminal Law Attorney, Harrisburg, PA

In the war on crime, police are becoming ever more inventive of ways to connect you to persons of interest or to a specific crime.  Police have turned to social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to determine who your known associates are and what you and they have been up to. 

As I had blogged previously, social media is a ripe ground for finding interesting details about victims.  This is because there is a reduced or no expectation of privacy in posts put out on a publicly-accessible site. It's also true for defendants and suspects of crimes.  With little or no privacy protections on Facebook, police use your own "friends" list and photos to incriminate you.  Recently, a midstate drug investigation used Facebook to tie a ring together and make arrests.

Similarily, a victim of a robbery was able to identify his assailant by "Facebooking" the suspect.  He was able to punch in a last name and voila, an instant photo array of the suspect.  The identification was challenged by the defense to no avail. 

Do not put photos of yourself or friends on a publicly-accessible site if you are involved in criminal activity.  If you've been arrested for a crime, contact an experienced defense attorney at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC toll free or email us today.

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