Important Advice on the Use of Cell Phones/Social Media:
- When traveling with cell phones, be mindful that they can be tracked by cell phone towers throughout the country. People have been convicted of serious crimes when cell phone data proved they were in other states where a crime was committed and with pinpoint accuracy where tracked throughout their entire travel by cell phone towers.
- Don't text or leave voicemails of threats of violence to anyone. Even if you delete these messages, they can still be obtained by Cell Phone Company's and could be discoverable incriminating evidence by Police and Prosecutors.
- Password protect your phone so no one else can use it and place incriminating evidence on it or use it to commit a crime for which you could be charged.
- Don't store incriminating evidence on your phone (keep pictures/text that you wouldn't mind sharing with the world). A Colleague of mine shared a case he had where the Prosecutor was able to obtain Facebook pictures of a Defendant holding a AK47 standing next to a bed which had what appeared to be about $10K in $100 bills. What's the problem with this picture, well, this Defendant was a Convicted Felon for one and two a CrimeStoppers tip alleged he was responsible for a recent Bank Robbery that occurred the day before he posted this Facebook picture on his account with the caption "just hit it up". You would be surprised to know that this is the norm with a lot of serious felony cases....just what were they thinking you say?
- Purposely destroying evidence (deleting data) once you know the police want it, can lead to a felony charge of Tampering with Evidence which is a "C" Felony and carries 3-15 years in jail.
- Remember just because you delete data from your cellphone or social media accounts, they can still be recovered by Cell Phone Companies.
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