By Stephen Sebald
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media accounts govern the way we communicate, share information, and interact with others. Law enforcement officers are taking advantage of this “trend” to catch suspects. They are using fake IDs to create social network profiles to gather information and evidence from people of interest. Prosecutors “follow” or “friend” suspects under fictitious names to search their personal and private information and talk to them.
Any evidence obtained from a search without a warrant does not follow the proper legal process that law enforcement is expected to respect. The court must dismiss any information gathered this way and it will not be used against the defendant.
Don’t let prosecutors take advantage of your constitutional rights! If you are a victim of these sham sting operations contact Erie, Pennsylvania’s experienced defense attorneys at Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox for a free initial phone consultation. (814) 833-1987.