In all criminal defense cases here in Florida, each side—defense and prosecution—are entitled to discovery. Discovery is provided for by the Rules of Criminal Procedure so that neither side has the advantage of surprise. It’s the “you show me yours, I’ll so you mine” theory.
Today however, because of social media, it’s not only about what you receive in formal discovery it’s also about what you do in your social tech savvy life. With Twitter, Facebook , google +, blogging, etc, what you write and say in public may come back to haunt you. As an example if you say in court you don’t know somebody and evidence is introduced that you’re Facebook friends, the jury or Judge will lose all credibility for the balance of your case. This would also apply if you had an alibi defense saying you were one place, but your social media indicated you were somewhere else.
So be careful about what you say and do in your personal life in regards to your social media presence. Remember whatever you say, or show, it’s out there forever. If you are ever arrested all of your social media becomes discoverable. A good Miami criminal defense lawyer can guide you through what will be as admissible against you and what won’t ever come in to court.
Commentary by Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Yale Galanter
Yale Galanter, a Miami criminal defense lawyer, has over 30 years of experience providing discreet and aggressive legal counseling to both public figures and clients looking for precise and excellent legal defense. Yale Galanter is known for his personal representation and attention to your criminal matter.
If you or someone you know is in need of legal representation for traffic crime offenses, drug possession, domestic violence, violent crimes, burglary, and/or theft, please contact Miami Criminal Defense attorneyYale Galanter, at (305) 576-0244 or (954) 524-6600, or visit www.GalanterLaw.com.