Who Steals a Camera ... And Admits it on Video?by Gamino Law Offices on 06/02/14
- Attorney Carlos Gamion
This is the first of two posts on self-incrimination through social media.
Incriminating yourself in any way, whether it’s with photographs, social media posts or video, is always a bad idea. We just can’t stress it enough. As Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys, we talk to people who have made mistakes every day – we all make mistakes – but some mistakes are a lot tougher to recover from.
A couple of years ago, a young Milwaukee man stole a video camera and then recorded himself confessing to stealing it.
What a mistake.
But how can you know if you’re doing something that can come back to bite you later?
Talk to a Lawyer if You’re in Trouble
No matter what kind of mistake you made, it’s important to make contact with someone who knows Wisconsin laws inside and out. As a team of Milwaukee criminal defense lawyers, we’ll be able to advise you on what steps you need to take based on your unique case.
Most attorneys would rather you take advantage of your right to remain silent when you’re being interrogated by investigators, and keep quiet with friends and family, as well. That means you should only be discussing your case with your lawyer.
If you’re a suspect in a crime or you’ve already been charged, even if you plan on pleading guilty, do not:
· Post incriminating photos of yourself on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any other social sharing site
· Tell your friends and family about your case
· Share status updates or tweet about the case
Your lawyer will walk you through everything, from start to finish. Whether or not you’ve already been questioned by police, a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer can provide you with case-specific advice that’s designed to help you through this difficult time. That way, you can move forward knowing that somebody is watching out for your rights in the Wisconsin legal system.
Our next post in this series focuses specifically on Facebook and how it’s been used by law enforcement professionals to identify suspects, determine criminal charges and prosecute people.