Big Brother is Watching, So Text Me if You Can

Back in the day, and I mean way back, when I was I pot smoking, bud swillin’ moron who couldn’t be trusted around a coffee pot, there were no cell phones, internet, social networking cites, or any other media in which I could mindlessly cast my stupid ideas into cyberspace like I can today. Thank goodness. Today’s topic is very simple: do not text, blog, e-mail, chirp, twitter, or do anything, and I mean anything you wouldn’t want your mother or the police department to read or listen to and you will probably save yourself from a lifetime of regret and grief. It’s not just the cops. Spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, and even prospective employers all know how to Google your name and telephone number and you would be surprised what they come up with. I once Googled a prosecution witness’s phone number and it took me to a face book photo of the guy holding an assault weapon tryin’ to look like Dillinger. Boy was he surprised when I showed him that photo while he was on the witness stand.

When the cops suspect you, the first thing they do is Google you and search on face book my space, twitter, and they start looking at your stupid photographs of you doin’ dope, flashing gang signs, or bragging about your relationship with your underage girlfriend. . . the list goes on and on.

The cops have these computers they can hook up your cell phone to and they can download photos of you standing in your marijuana garden grinning like a jack ass; they can also down load your text messages, your phone contacts, and of course a complete record of all of the phone calls you have sent and received for as long as the memory in your phone will permit. The cops can even get cell phone tower information so they can figure out where you were when you made the call from so they can more easily place you at the scene of your dumb crime. The technology that cell phone providers have is so sophisticated that you can get placed near a cell site location if your phone rings but you don’t even answer it.

You would be surprised how many of my clients get nailed for sending text messages that contain their plans to commit crimes or they are boasting about crimes they have just committed to their knuckle head friends. Every major crime I work on contains cell phone information.

Cell phone records can also provide very powerful alibi evidence because, if by some miracle you are truly not at the scene of the crime like the police claim, you can get your cell phone tower data and it will show you were actually somewhere else-- probably talking on the phone while driving. Be sure to request cell site location information immediately because most providers only keep this information for a couple of weeks. By the way, the American Medical Association has done a study in which they have concluded that driving with a cell phone in your face is just as dangerous as driving drunk, so don’t do it.

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