A Miami Gardens man was arrested recently, accused of threatening the life of State Representative Jose Felix Diaz. The threat was posted on the defendant's Facebook page and read, "I'll kill your ass and you better not show up to the next REC meeting."
Technology is all around us. It's no longer a choice if we want to take part in the innovative revolution; new devices are now a part of our everyday lives. Many of these modern technologies make our everyday lives easier, and some of them may also make it easier for law enforcement to solve crimes. With all the latest technology out there recording our every step and command, it's hard to ensure any type of real privacy. The very same technology that makes it easier for us to find out answers to questions and order commodities easily, record our fitness goals, and even stay in contact with our friends may be the very same technology that can help law enforcement solve crimes. Are you aware of the ways that technology can serve as a witness in criminal cases?
The scope of social media is reaching further and further as more ways to communicate are introduced. One of the most popular features of late is live video. From Facebook Live to Periscope, live broadcasting is becoming the new normal. And because every user has access to it, anyone can now broadcast his or her own live event in a matter of seconds.
When facing criminal accusations, it is wise to protect yourself and seek a good criminal defense attorney. However, when awaiting trial and sentencing it is important to tread carefully and with caution as to your actions. Some individuals have made grave mistakes in giving themselves away to authorities by use of social media.
Excessive drinking and social media are often a recipe for poor decision making, but a Florida woman may have upped the ante on questionable decisions on Columbus Day weekend. Twenty three-year-old Whitney Beall was driving home in Lakeland when she was pulled over by police and subsequently arrested after failing a field sobriety test. Beall wasn't pulled over in a routine traffic stop or sobriety checkpoint, though. Authorities located her via her own declarations on social media.
Dan Bilzerian, a professional poker player who has been called the "King of Instagram" for his 7.1 million followers will not face any significant consequences for two legal matters that arose in December of last year.
Instagram is more than just a mobile photo and video social networking service. It has become a valuable source of evidence for today's law enforcement. There are numerous cases in South Florida where Instagram users have posted incriminating photos to the site; these photos have been instrumental in arrests and convictions.
What constitutes a serious threat and what is protected by free speech under the law? This is the issue under consideration by the Supreme Court this week and the decision they make will influence the landscape of social media in the years to come.