Criminal Law and Social Networking


It’s a new age of technology; computers have advanced beyond the expectations of many. Generations before us have been left in the wake of the rapid advancement in online communication and networking. The laws are struggling to catch up, and the world of criminal law is no different.

The intersection between online interactions and the criminal law is continuing to grow and these cases are rarely examined by the higher courts. This places a large amount of power in the district courts and allows the new and technologically savvy attorney the opportunity to make a large impact with the direction that criminal law will take.

When we see interactions on social networking sights as potential evidence in a criminal case, we can divide the common interactions into three separate groups; character evidence, circumstantial evidence, and as an actual element of the crime.

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