Social media is a tool to communicate, share and get information out quickly. But it can also come back to bite you. Arrests have been made for putting up pictures of illegal activity and posting about crimes committed. But, can merely hitting the “Like” button get you in trouble? Turns out it can…
In Florida, if a person has stay away order from a criminal case or restraining order against another person, “following” and “liking” posts on social media violates the order. The restrained person is not to make contact at all, which includes phone calls, emails, texts or engagement through social media.
The first case dates back to 2009, when a Tennessee woman was arrested for digitally “poking” another woman through Facebook.
But as laws begin to catch up, the arrests are sure to follow suit.
The best way to protect yourself if you currently have stay away order from a criminal case or restraining order against you or are accused of domestic violence or a similar crime is to avoid social media completely until your case concludes.
If you must be on social media, follow these rules:
- Do not follow them
- Do not tag them in posts or photos
- Do not reach out to them in any way. Sending private messages are not okay either.
If you have been accused of violating stay away order from a criminal case or restraining order, it is important that you speak with an attorney who has experience in this field. While this is all new, feigning ignorance won’t keep you from paying the consequences of mistakes made on social media. Let us help you navigate through this.
Have You Been Accused of Domestic Violence in Florida?
You and your partner may not be at a good point in your relationship right now, but if your partner takes that a step further by accusing you of domestic violence, you need to fight back to protect your freedom. If you are frustrated about a domestic violence charge that is disrupting your life you need to speak with an experienced domestic violence defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact me online or call my Miami office directly at 305.707.7345.
I also recommend that you download a free copy of our special report "He Said, She Said: Three Mistakes That Can Destroy Your Domestic Violence Case In Florida". The sooner we talk, the sooner we will be able to help you fight the charges that could change your life forever.