Social media has revolutionized the way that we interact with one another. It has also changed the way that police investigate crimes. More and more criminal law officers in Phoenix and other areas are trolling social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for signs of criminal activity, as two women in Albuquerque recently learned.
A mere one hour after allegedly shoplifting merchandise from a local Kmart, two women posted status updates that incriminated them for the crime and expressing remorse for their criminal behavior on Facebook. Now, the women are facing felony charges. When security and police officers approached the women—who had two children in tow—in the store’s parking lot, they fled in a sport utility vehicle. As a result, both women face child abuse charges for not buckling the children in the car before speeding off. The driver of the vehicle will also be charged with assault with a deadly weapon because she hit a security officer with the vehicle as they were fleeing.
We urge our readers in Phoenix to think twice before posting anything that could incriminate them on social media sites. Even joking about certain things that you have no intention of actually doing can be considered as criminal behavior or a terroristic threat; a winking emoticon or a JK at the end of the post means nothing in a court of law. Those who are facing criminal charges because of information found on social media sites could benefit from discussing their legal options with a criminal defense attorney.
Source: kob.com, “Police say shoplifting mom posted about crime on Facebook,” Jennifer Samp, Dec. 18, 2013.