Arrested For Facebook Posts?

Utah Criminal Defense Lawyers – Salt Lake City, Farmington, Provo

Many of us, if not most of us, have a facebook, twitter, or other social networking account. Whether or you are tweeting, posting, or otherwise communicating through social networks, blogs, or emails, you should be careful about what kinds of messages you are sending out. We, the Utah criminal defense lawyers at Salcido Law Firm, are seeing more and more arrests being made after cops “catch wind” of potential criminal activity being discussed on social networks, blogs, or emails. While you have a first amendment right to freedom of speech and such rights extend to online communications, you may not have a right to engage in speech that is deemed criminal or may lead to serious imminent danger to someone else. As such, we strongly urge everyone to take caution before posting on their facebook or other account.

In the past few months, we have seen an increase in clients coming to our office who have been charged with a crime as a result of their web postings. In one particular case, charges were brought as a result of facebook friends contacting the police after an individual jokingly made incriminating statements on his facebook wall.

Man Arrested in Utah for Facebook and Other Messages

This past week, a Salt Lake City man was arrested by federal authorities for making violent threats to government officials on facebook and through email. The man, believing he had been wronged by state and federal agencies emailed individuals in those agencies expressing his desire to commit violent acts against them and made other threatening statements. The list of the man’s targets was not disclosed to the media. This and other examples show why it is so important to take caution and really think about what you are saying online.

Salcido Law Firm – Defending Your Rights Online

For those individuals who have been accused of unlawful activity online, or if you have been charged with a crime and police officers are using statements you made online as evidence against you, you have rights and should speak with a Utah criminal defense attorney immediately. At Salcido Law Firm, we offer free consultations for people accused of these types of matters. We understand the laws of freedom of speech and also online privacy rules. Let us defend you in your case. Call us today at 801.618.1334. We are available anytime and can also be reached by filling out the “Tell Us About Your Case” form on the side.

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