No matter what kind of legal battle you are facing, you’ll want to carefully consider your use of any type of social media platform while your case is active. Jonathan Andry and the team at Andry Law Group work with each of their clients to make sure everything they are doing in their personal lives, including their use of social media, has no negative impact on their case.
You can expect that, whether we are representing you in a personal injury or antitrust case, you’ll be fully equipped with all of the information you need about how your personal actions can positively and negatively impact legal outcomes. We’ve put together a few recommendations here that will be helpful to anyone involved in a lawsuit, no matter who your lawyer is.
If you need representation, and want to make sure your legal team is knowledgeable about the ins-and-outs of social media and the legal implications of its use, give us a call for a no-cost consultation. We’re here to help.
Navigating Social Media During Your Lawsuit
Here it is in a nutshell. Stay off social media while you are in the midst of a lawsuit. That is really the only way to ensure that you don’t inadvertently do something to hurt your case. If you do that, there’s no reason to continue reading. If you know that you won’t be able to stay off of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other platforms, take a look at the advice below to try and protect yourself.
Listen To Your Lawyer
Heed their warnings and don’t take them lightly. If in doubt, don’t do it.
There may be times when your lawyer wants you to engage on social media in very specific ways that are likely to help your case. Be very careful. Check and double check that you are doing and saying exactly what you’ve been instructed to do. There’s no room for ambiguity here. Have everything reviewed by someone on your legal team before you post.
Don’t Get Thrown Out of Court
Even if you think that your activity on social media is completely innocuous, you have very likely signed some kind of confidentiality agreement. We doubt that you memorized the whole thing, even if you’ve got a photographic memory, it is very easy to accidentally say something that violates your agreement. Any violation can give a judge cause to dismiss your case. It isn’t worth the risk.
Don’t Trust Privacy Rules
Don’t depend on privacy settings to protect you. Social media platforms regularly change their privacy settings without warning. By the time you realize that information you thought was private has become public, it is too late to do anything about it. Additionally, nothing on the Internet is really private. Someone who is motivated enough can find a way to access your social media profiles.
And, let’s face it, as hard as you may try to keep things private, even if all of your settings are correct, things get shared and passed around. You’ve got no control over someone taking a screenshot of a post or photo or tweet and passing it around for the world to see.
If you are committed to your legal case, don’t take any chances, don’t make excuses. Just don’t do it.
Don’t Give The Opposition Any Ammunition
Even if you are a 100 percent honest, trustworthy, forthright person, and the merits of your case are unimpeachable, a social media post can and will be context, misconstrued, and otherwise misrepresented by the opposition in an effort to impugn your character.
Remember, whether you are in front of a judge or trying to reach a settlement, what you intended, or what was really happening, won’t matter once something is on the Internet. What people believe about what you intended or what was really happening is all that will matter.
Just because you are fair and honest, never assume that everyone you are dealing with is as well.
Social media is tailor made for creating misconceptions, misunderstandings, and reasonable doubt. Your lawyer needs to advise you about the consequences and work with you if social media can be used in any way to benefit your case.
If you are looking for a lawyer who will fight for your rights and has the experience to guide you every step of the way, call Andry Law Group. Whether you are in Louisiana or anywhere in the Southern United States, a consultation costs you nothing, so let’s talk.