While many people today find that posting their favorite selfie to social
media is a harmless and fun way to share with their friends, a Delhi Township
man found out the hard way that doing so while committing a crime will
The suspect was charged with theft after pictures of himself sitting in
a stolen vehicle appeared on a social media website. In addition to the
car, the man allegedly stole a television, a gaming system, a laptop,
and a cell phone. Police were led to the suspect using DNA as well as
the suspect's own photograph.
Many people often overlook the fact that what they post on social media
is out there for the world to see. In some cases, such as this one, the
act of posting on social media has become so common, that many people
forget that what they post can be viewed by virtually anyone and that
posting illicit photos will lead to harsh consequences.
Although it is hard to believe that a person would post a photo of a
theft crime publicly, it happens quite a bit. A simple search via Google for "catching
criminals on social media" turns up many articles highlighting how
law enforcement has successfully used the internet as a means to nab unsuspecting
suspects. While this seems like an easy way to catch criminals, there
remains a potential for innocent people to be targeted.
Say for instance an innocent person posts a photo of an illegal act, but
was not the person involved in the act. Law enforcement may target the
uploader of the photo despite the fact that the poster had nothing to
do with the photo in question. The overlap between a person's right
to privacy and what is considered to be public domain is great, and courts
will increasingly have to deal with this dilemma.
If you feel you have been unfairly targeted by law enforcement over your
use of social media, the
criminal defense attorneys at Bleile & Dawson can fight for you. We are extremely knowledgeable
in criminal law, especially when it comes to defending our clients against
wrongful accusations, whether in Cincinnati or elsewhere in the State
of Ohio or the Commonwealth of Kentucky. If you feel that you have wrongly
been accused of a crime and seek to find the best possible representation
to fight for you, hire a law firm that puts the client first and fights
hard to protect the client.
Contact us today to schedule a
confidential case evaluation at (513) 399-5945.