Can Facebook Activity be Used Against Me in Court?

We are in a technological world. For those of us who have family on the other side of the States or even the world, technology has allowed us to be able to communicate with one another and to express ourselves so that we can not only be heard, but also seen. We use different social media avenues to express different things, however, there are some things that should be left off of the internet, because whether you know it or not, your social media presence can always be found.

But the question is, can Facebook and other social media outlets be used against you in court? If you or a loved has a situation where your social media presence may be an issue for you in court, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham attorney so that we can strategize about the best possible outcomes for your situation.

Can Facebook be Used Against You?

Facebook has become a platform around the world to discuss issues, to post pictures, to check in to different locations, and to share these things with family and friends alike. However, depending on your situation, your social media presence can be detrimental to you in certain situations and your privacy settings and deleted posts will not be enough for the evidence to not be presented in a legal proceeding.

Situations where your social media presence can be used against you, include, but are not limited to: custody battles when trying to determine the best interest of the child; defamation cases; committing a crime and then posting about it; worker compensation and personal injury lawsuits to prove that you were not actually working or that you had motive to lie about your injuries; as well as filing for bankruptcy but posting pictures on your social media account of a second or vacation home that you own and did not disclose. Because each situation is different you should think twice before posting certain things on social media because anything you post can be used against you and the consequences may be serious and therefore, you should seek legal advice or representation if you find yourself in an unfortunate circumstance.

Contact a Lawyer

Though we want to share everything with our friends and family, there are some things that should not be put on social media. Putting certain information on social media can lead to evidence being used against you in several different forms of law. Because all situations are different, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham at Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC to help you with your case if you believe that your social media presence will and can be used against you. Contact our office today! We are here to help!


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