San Francisco Defense Attorney Says Cell Phone Information and Social Media Posts Incriminate

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San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney Tim Pori warns potential clients that their cell phones and social media posts can be used against them in a court of law.

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San Francisco criminal defense attorney Tim A. Pori.

Do not text, blog, email, chirp, tweet, or do anything—and I mean anything—you wouldn’t want your mother or the police department to read or hear. Information discovered in your cell phone and Facebook page can be used again you—the law allows it.

San Francisco criminal defense attorney Tim Pori says people are careless with information. They don’t seem to realize that the police will comb their cell phones to find incriminating photographs and text messages they can use to support their case. Law enforcement officials are even trained to create a list of possible witnesses from the contacts on the suspect’s phone who they then question to gather information for the prosecution.

“Do not text, blog, email, chirp, tweet, or do anything—and I mean anything—you wouldn’t want your mother or the police department to read or hear,” warns Pori. “Information discovered in your cell phone and Facebook page can be used again you—the law allows it.”

Pori says his clients get nailed for sending text messages that contain their plans to commit crimes or boasts about crimes they have just committed to their knucklehead friends. In fact, he says, every major crime he works on includes cell phone information as evidence.

In addition to capturing information discovered on phones, law enforcement authorities can determine the locations that the device—and presumably owner—has been by tracking the cell phone towers handling the calls and data transfers.

The police use the location data to place defendants at the scene of the crime, or to discover other incriminating information. “The mobile phone company will be able to report your location even if you didn’t talk on it,” said Pori.

In addition to photographs, names, calendar information and notes that people keep on their smart phones, Pori advises people keep all Internet posts completely free of damaging information. Spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, parents, and even prospective employers all know how to Google someone’s name and telephone number—and many are surprised at what can be found.

“I once Googled a prosecution witness’s phone number, and it took me to a Facebook photo of the guy holding an assault weapon trying to look like Dillinger,” said Pori. “Boy was he surprised when I showed him that photo while he was on the witness stand.”

Pori comments on how cell phones and the Internet are used in criminal cases in his most recent article in Pori’s Legal Advice for Stupid Criminals series. The San Francisco defense attorney is fond of saying that his target audience is “stupid criminals” because all of the “smart criminals” are on Wall Street running insurance companies, and they have the best legal advice money can buy. Stupid criminals, on the other hand, seldom have money—and so they are in greater need of quality legal advice.

For more information about defense of any state or federal criminal charge, visit http://www.criminaldefensesanfrancisco.com/ or call Tim Pori at 415 495-4800.

About the Law Offices of Tim A. Pori
Tim A. Pori is a San Francisco criminal defense attorney who actively defends people accused of sex crimes, drug crimes, weapons violations, federal and state felonies (including murder), and all other violations, including misdemeanors and drunk driving.

As a defense attorney, Pori is a member of the California State Bar and has been certified by the California Board of Certification as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He has been practicing in the San Francisco Area for 14 years. The Law Offices of Tim A. Pori serves the communities of San Francisco, Vallejo, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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