Before You Post Anything Potentially Incriminating on Social Media, Think Twice

Last week, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess came under scrutiny for posting an incriminating photo on this Twitter account. The photo contained what appeared to be marijuana, a substance banned by the NFL. Bess had also previously posted a questionable picture depicting him smoking what appeared to be marijuana on his Instagram account in December. The Cleveland Browns are currently investigating the photo to determine how to deal with the matter internally.

Photos such as Bess's potentially incriminating post have become incredibly common in a time during which people are constantly sharing personal information and private moments on the internet. Such posts can be devastating for individuals who are under investigations for crimes or are being charged with a criminal offense.

At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we want to remind everyone that caution should be taken when posting on social media, as it can – and for many, often does – come back to haunt you. Law enforcement and prosecutors frequently go to social media in search of evidence of crimes. In many cases, Facebook profiles and other social media posts have revealed evidence of gang affiliations, drug crimes, firearms offenses, and other crimes. These posts and photos can be used in court to incriminate a defendant. Always think twice before posting anything to a social media site that may be incriminating.

If you or a loved one is currently under investigation for a criminal offense, have already been charged with a crime, or may have posted an incriminating photo or post that can be used against you, retaining experienced representation as soon as possible is crucial.

Call (800) 462-7160 to discuss your case with a Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer.