Technology is changing the relationship between the police & you. As mobile devices become more advanced, so do the ways police can track you. Recently, the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals ruled that law enforcement officials can use cell phone data, specifically GPS information, to track and locate people without a warrant.
Whether you are on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter, law enforcement agencies are focusing on social media as a source for criminal activity. The NYPD has implemented a new social media unit to track leads and suspicious activity on sites such as Facebook. They look for things such as out-of-control house parties and unsolved crime. Law enforcement has found that people tend to brag about criminal activity through Facebook posts and Tweets.
Those familiar with the criminal justice system understand that what you see, isn't always what you get. Many people are charged with crimes, but often some of these people don't end up with convictions. There are statutes that allow for certain defendants, usually first time offenders, to escape a criminal conviction by successfully completing probation or other conditions set by the court.