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Category: Social Media

Incriminating Instagram Selfie Results in Teen’s Attempted Murder Charge

May 29, 2023 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, Social Media

If you are suspected of committing a crime, it is important to know that police can view your social media account for any incriminating evidence. In one recent Florida case, a suspect in Miami-Dade was arrested in connection to a crime after posting an image on Instagram with the alleged weapon. This page will provide the case details, along with …

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OnlyFans Messages Results in Broward Man’s Arrest

April 7, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes, Social Media

It is important to remember while social media can be a fun, free place to share our thoughts and ideas, it does not make it private. More than that, it does not mean that our posted content cannot be used against us in court. It’s quite the opposite—communication from social media sites is legal to use as evidence in court. …

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Broward County Man Faces Charges for Sexual Cyberharassment

March 15, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes, Social Media

Sexual cyberharassment, or “revenge porn,” is the act of sharing or distributing sexually explicit images or videos of another person without their consent. This may occur if the person wants to embarrass, humiliate, or harm the depicted person. In Florida, revenge porn is an unlawful act, and can result in criminal charges. Violations of Florida law can result in criminal …

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Judge Releases Four Middle School Students Jailed for Alleged Threats on TikTok

March 1, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Social Media, Violent Crimes

Two weeks after several middle school students were arrested for making mass shooting depictions on TikTok, a Manatee County judge has determined there is no probable cause to continue detaining the preteens. However, they are potentially facing felony charges for written or online threats of mass shootings. This page will provide details from the case, along with information pertaining to …

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Sexting – Age is Not Just a Number

February 14, 2023 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Social Media

Sexting has become a common term when two people exchange text messages with sexually explicit context. Between two, consenting adults, this is totally fine. However, age plays a very important role when it comes to sexting. If either of the “sexters” is under the age of 18, it can turn into a criminal offense. It is not surprising that Florida …

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The Youth, Sexting, and Unfair Criminal Sanctions for Minors

February 5, 2023 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Social Media

When a person is convicted of a sex crime against a minor, they are often thought of as a “predator” or even a “pedophile.” In the state of Florida, there are harsh consequences against individuals who have been accused of sexual activity with a person under the age of 18. However, what happens if the alleged offender is a minor …

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Bill Centered Around Social Media Threats Goes into Effect

October 13, 2021 Criminal Defense, Social Media

On October 1st, HB 921, centered around electronic crimes, went into effect. Ultimately, the bill expands Florida’s existing law that states threats posted online must be directly messaged in order for the threat to carry legal consequences. Now, threats made indirectly through social media posts or stories can be criminally sanctioned. Specifically, the bill amends Section 784.048 of the Florida …

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Tik Tok’s Newest Trend – “Devious Licks” – is Getting Teens Arrested

September 30, 2021 Criminal Defense, Juvenile Offenses, Social Media

Tik Tok has been known in the past for hosting some dangerous trends, like the Milk Crate Challenge and Kylie Lip Trend, which will go viral for a few months, and eventually fade into obscurity as a new trend takes over the social media app. The latest trend has teachers, law enforcement, and parents alike searching for solutions. The “Devious …

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Are Twitter Direct Messages Legally Binding?

August 30, 2021 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Social Media

In the current age of smart phones, it is easy to assume that most people are participating on social media. With popular platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, it appears that there are endless ways to virtually interact with people both locally and globally. Additional tools have been introduced on these platforms over the years including direct messaging, shopping, …

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