Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are currently being adopted by many different industries. However, should they be a part of the criminal law? Should a Boston criminal defense attorney be allowed to post about cases on social media platforms? It’s a question dividing attorneys right now. Despite that, ongoing debates are providing unclear judgments on this aspect of the legal system.
For instance, criminal defense attorney Stuart Goldberg has come under heavy criticism in the past because of a post on his public Facebook page. He posted, “FINDING at trial NOT GUILTY!!!” accompanied by a picture of himself and his client outside the Leighton Criminal Court building. He defended his decision to upload the photograph on his social media account. Goldberg then went on to paraphrase a Jay-Z song lyrics, “I don’t do molly. I rock Tom Ford.”
Many more criminal defense attorneys have uploaded photographs on social media platforms about their flashy lifestyle and life in the courtroom. Less flamboyant attorneys have also used social media as a way of providing their opinions of high-profile legal cases. Some post about the major issues in the legal world.
Should it be allowed?
The arguments for and against the use of social media by the likes of criminal defense attorneys are very prominent. Many attorneys would argue that platforms such as Facebook and Twitter allow them to promote their services. Particularly, this is because the internet-savvy generation wouldn’t otherwise be aware of.
Social media also allows attorneys to interact with clients and showcase a portfolio. This includes the services they offer, the cases they have won and successes they have accomplished. In addition to this, they would argue promoting their services on social media is the same with other websites.
On the other hand, a lot of clients may not be happy with their attorney posting about their case online. This is because others are not looking to go public with the case. Posting about a case can be seen as inappropriate bragging toward the side that has lost the legal battle.
Social media could also be used to fish for clients and allow attorneys to pirate clients from other attorneys.
Hence, the debate on whether criminal defense attorneys should post about their cases on social media will likely rage on. Many people see that law should adopt the 21st century. This is because other industries have adopted this marketing strategy, but it is always going to have opposition.
Whether posting cases and anything related to cases on social media is acceptable or not, some will still resort to social media to post about their services.