Social Media Evidence: Do This Before Posting Anything

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Jun 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

A man posts a picture of himself and his victim onto Snapchat. Unbeknownst to him, one of his friends takes a screenshot and forwards it onto the authorities.

A traveler is upset with the airline he is flying and makes the decision to post about it. He tweets, “You know what? This airline has one week to get their s*** together, or else I am going to blow it up.” He is later arrested by the federal authorities and is facing very serious charges.

A mother posts a picture of her then 11-month-old, seemingly using a bong to ingest illicit drugs. You already know how that ended up.  

Keep in mind that when you post to social media, you are also broadcasting to the world. We are living in a time where posting to social media has become a second nature, and many people do not consider that there are consequences to what they publish on these sites. Can you guess who else is on social media and always has eyes on social media? If you guessed the authorities, you would be correct. Even if the authorities aren't monitoring your internet presence, the rest of the world has access to what you post and can easily send these posts over to the authorities.

Before you post, tweet, or pin something, think about whether you want that post to become evidence against you. Consider the possibility that this post may someday be dug up and presented in a courtroom. Always think twice about posting, because once it is out there, there is no taking it back. 

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Corey L. Scott

Corey L. Scott, was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Upon graduation from East Chicago Central High School, Corey attended Indiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.  Upon graduation, Corey accepted a position with the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division where he served with distinction for the next nine years, eventually being promoted to Director of the Youth Counseling Department. Pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney, Corey attended the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  While in law school, Corey was an Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) fellow and participated in Moot Court competitions.  He also worked in the Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division as a bailiff and research assistant to the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, who serves as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Corey also served as an internship law clerk to the Honorable Judge, Margret G. Robb, at the Indiana Court of Appeals. Finally, upon graduation from law school, Corey had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice, Robert D. Rucker, who sits on the Indiana Supreme Court. Corey then became an associate with Mike Norris Law Office, where he specialized in bankruptcy law with a main concentration on working to assist families obtain a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Still a young attorney, Corey then served as a public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency.  In this position, Corey gained invaluable trial experience by defending clients in a wide range of matters from misdemeanors to serious felonies on a daily basis.  It was also during this time that Corey discovered his passion for representing and serving "everyday people." An entrepreneur at heart, Corey established the Law Office of Corey L. Scott, P.C.  Since then, he and his staff have served the greater Indianapolis community and surrounding counties in several legal disciplines including: Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Family Law.  In keeping with his vision, Corey L. Scott, P.C., is a client focused, results oriented general law practice that endeavors to provide legal solutions for "everyday people" charged with a crime, dealing with financial crisis or going through a difficult divorce. Corey has also been active serving the greater Indianapolis community by participating in pro bono programs such as "Ask a Lawyer," the "Modest Means" panel program which allows individuals to afford legal counsel at a fraction of normal rates, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Heartland Pro Bono Council program. Corey is a proud member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


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