When it comes to protecting yourself, you simply can’t be too careful with what you post on social media like Facebook or Instagram. This especially true for individuals who already have convictions on their record. Recently, a Missouri man with an existing felony got himself a ticket back to prison for illegally possessing firearms, all because of his Facebook profile.
It should come as no surprise at this point in time that your social media presence is not too different from making an official statement to an officer of the law — anything you say (or show) may be used against you. In the case of this man, he played himself by posting pictures on Facebook that depicted firearms.
If you don’t already know, it’s very important to understand that it is illegal for any felon in America to possess firearms or ammunition. According to reports, the prosecution pointed to pictures that the man posted on Facebook of handguns surrounded by cash. To law enforcement, there is a pretty straight line from this kind of profile picture and proving possession. While that may seem unfair (after all, it’s only a picture on the internet, right?), the courts have established a good deal of precedent that makes it so.
Protecting your rights is a serious matter, and it’s becoming increasingly more difficult. If you worry that your rights are not secure, or if you recently received criminal charges, you can reach out to an experienced attorney to review the details of your situation and build a strong defense. With proper representation, you can rest assured that your rights remain secure.
Source: Missouri Net, “Convicted mid-Missouri felon who posted photos of guns and drugs on Facebook is heading to prison,” Brian Hauswirth, June 29, 2017