As a Jacksonville criminal lawyer, I cannot stress this enough to anyone arrested for or charged with a crime. Get rid of your Facebook page! Yes. I understand that Facebook is addictive, but it has the potential of ruining your chances of fighting your criminal case and could lead to a criminal conviction. I have been a criminal lawyer in Jacksonville for years, and I have see Facebook destroy the defense’s case due to a defendant’s conduct on the Facebook page. I have also seen the prosecutor’s case suffer from an alleged victim’s or State witness’ Facebook page. Let me give some examples of the affect of Facebook from a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer’s perspective.
1. A juvenile in Green Cove Springs is charged with Jacksonville assault and Jacksonville battery in Clay County, Florida. The Jacksonville juvenile informed his Jacksonville battery lawyer that he was defending himself against another teenager whom attacked him. The juvenile acted under Jacksonville Florida’s self-defense laws, so he is not guilty of Jacksonville assault and Jacksonville battery. To prove that the Florida juvenile is not guilty of assault and battery in Clay County, his Jacksonville assault lawyer has evidence that the alleged victim of the Florida assault and battery charge was threatening the juvenile on Facebook. With the Facebook page, the Jacksonville assault lawyer can show that the other teenager had been planning to fight the Jacksonville juvenile. This is why it is so important for you to talk to your Jacksonville juvenile lawyer about the alleged victim’s Facebook page and removing your Facebook page.
2. A man is arrested in Jacksonville Beach and charged in Duval County with Jacksonville possession of cocaine and Jacksonville possession of marijuana. This man was just released from the St. Johns County Jail for possession of marijuana in St. Augustine. He is also on Florida probation for Jacksonville driving under the influence charges, so he is facing a violation of probation charge in Jacksonville, Florida. He contacts a Jacksonville DUI lawyer that is also a Jacksonville criminal lawyer that handles arrests for possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine in Jacksonville. His Jacksonville criminal defense attorney takes evidence to the Duval County State Attorney and the Jacksonville judge showing that her client was just released from a rehab program, is going through outpatient treatment, and working full time and enrolled in college courses at UNF. The Duval County prosecutor shows a copy of the client’s Facebook status talking about “partying” and how “mess up” on drugs he is.
3. A woman has been arrested for Jacksonville domestic battery in Orange Park, Florida. She writes all over her Facebook wall about how she is going to kill her husband. Her Jacksonville domestic battery lawyer is trying to get her out of jail. When the Clay County judge is deciding whether or not to release the Jacksonville domestic battery criminal defendant, he considers her Facebook status updates threatening her husband. The Clay County judge does not release the Jacksonville domestic battery criminal defendant on her own recognizance, but gives her a high bond that she must pay to get out of the Clay County Jail. This evidence is will also be used against her if her husband and the victim of the Jacksonville domestic battery tries to apply for a restraining order in Jacksonville and when she tries to fight the Jacksonville injunction. A Jacksonville domestic violence lawyer will tell you to stay away from Facebook during any domestic dispute.
Some of the best advice that you can receive from a Jacksonville criminal lawyer is to watch what you put on Facebook. If you have been arrested in Jacksonville or are facing criminal charges in Florida, get rid of Facebook. Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys will tell you not to talk about your criminal case, so remove yourself from Facebook to prevent yourself from posting something that may be used against you in a Florida court. Talk to a lawyer in Jacksonville about your Northeast Florida criminal charge by calling 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 or go to Contact Us to email Jacksonville Florida Attorney.