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Category: Social Media

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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What is Stalkerware and is it Illegal in Florida?

January 20, 2022 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Social Media

As technology continues to expand, so do the ways that hackers can break into your devices. Previously, people who wanted to secretly gain information from their victims would do so through physical methods such as stalking. However, in more recent years these methods have modernized into forms of technical stalking. One specific form of spyware, called “stalkerware,” is being used …

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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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January 7, 2019 Criminal Defense, Sex Crimes, Social Media criminal defense, Sexting, social media


Technology breeds more and more statutes that make the sending of certain information illegal.  For example, an adult sends a sexually explicit image, with identifying information with the purpose of causing emotional distress to another person.  The mere depiction of a person engaging in indecent chat or sexual conduct involving the above could get a person arrested by the police. …

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Can Social Media be Used in Court?

December 5, 2018 Criminal Defense, Social Media internet crime, kodak black, social media, tekashi 69

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The Negative Impact of Social Media In a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, it was reported that 70% of employers will review a candidate’s social media presence before hiring. This number is exponentially rising with the adoption of social media as a standard, everyday practice in modern life. As a result, it has become habitual for applicants to “clean up” their …

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