A social media search is an unassuming type of search that nonetheless can have a significant impact on your case. It’s becoming more common for judges to allow social media evidence in courtrooms, and with more people than ever using social media today, it’s highly likely your subject has at least some presence on social media. Just like a criminal records search or property records search, using social media search can actually boost your case. Here are a few ways you could use a social media search in a case.
This is a useful way to use social media. It’s common for people to post on social media about their personal thoughts and beliefs, which means you can often use these posts to establish a person’s character. If you’re dealing with a case where someone’s handling accusations of a crime they’ve boasted about on social media, that may be a useful way to cast doubt on their “not guilty” plea. Social media searches can help you establish this character and provide evidence not found in a public records search.
- Because people often post about their personal thoughts on social media, it’s easy to use social media to establish character.
- Additionally, a veneer of “anonymity” may lead people to reveal a lot of information on social media.
- If you’re able to search through a person’s social media accounts, you can establish someone’s personal character.
Supporting or Disqualifying an Alibi
What if you’re supporting someone the other party has accused of a time-sensitive and location-sensitive crime, like a bank robbery? Law enforcement may have to prove that your client was at the bank at the time of the robbery. However, if your client has a location-marked post from during the time of the robbery that’s on the other side of town, it could cast doubt on that alibi. Looking through social media will lead you to these posts.
- Someone’s alibi is often an important part of their “guilty” or “not guilty” plea, and it deserves a lot of scrutiny.
- Having time and location-stamped social media posts can help you support or disqualify someone’s alibi.
- You need to be able to look through someone’s social media presences around the internet to get that information.
Expanding Your Scope of Information
People tend to think of social media as being relatively anonymous, even when they attach their real name to their posts. Because of this false sense of anonymity, these people can share a lot of information about not only themselves but also their families and the things they do online and in person. When you comb through someone’s posts on social media, you can start to put together a truly robust profile of them.
- The information you find on a social media account may encompass a wide variety of people, not just the poster.
- If you’re looking for additional information about someone’s family or close friends, a social media account may provide that.
- Getting that additional information through a social media search could prove to be very useful in your case.
Adding to the Burden of Evidence
Overall, social media can just add to an existing bundle of evidence. Because it’s so circumstantial, it’s essentially impossible to build a case based solely on social media; it’s possible for people to make things seem different from how they really are. However, when you add social media posts to an already significant amount of physical evidence, it’s much easier to convince a judge and jury of important facts.
- You’re unlikely to be able to build a case based around only social media pictures and posts.
- What social media can do is lead you to information you never would have been able to find otherwise.
- With a social media search, you’ll get deep-dive information on anyone you’re looking for more information about.
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Can a Social Media Search Help in Your Case?
Bringing social media into a courtroom is a relatively new phenomenon, and it’s easy to wonder whether it can actually help your case. The fact is, a social media search doesn’t have to just result in evidence you bring to the court. It can be evidence you use inside your law firm solely to help you build a case. Whether you’re bringing it to the court or keeping it to yourself, Tracers has the solution.
With Tracers, you can get plenty of social media information about someone. That includes social networking profiles, email addresses, usernames, nicknames, blog posts and blog comments. All that information can help you create a robust portfolio on anyone, whether friend or foe.