Criminal Defense, Legal Blog, Recent News, Warrant

Unflattering Facebook Photo Leads to Arrest

Although not a Florida case, I thought it was worth posting:

A Columbus, Ohio woman was arrested last month after she observed her mugshot posted on the police department’s Facebook page and complained that she wanted it removed. Monica Hargrove’s picture had been posted on the Facebook account as part of the police department’s weekly roundup they refer to as “#WarrantWednesday.” Hargrove reportedly had an outstanding warrant for aggravated robbery and kidnapping. According to Denise Alex-Bouzounis, public information officer at the Columbus Police Department: Hargrove contacted the detective listed on the Facebook post and said, “‘Hey, I want my picture down,’ “[The detective] said, ‘Come on in and we’ll talk about it.'” Hargrove then went to the police station, where she was taken into custody.

Full story found on the Huffington Post, here: Facebook Mugshot Arrest

Anyone whose mugshot is posted on a police Facebook page should contact a criminal defense attorney before heading down to the police station. A criminal defense attorney could facilitate a turn-in and have a bondsman ready. Additionally, a criminal defense attorney will be able to help protect your rights and advise you not to make any statements that could be (and will be) used against you.

Casey Reiter is an associate attorney at Stuart R. Manoff & Associates, P.A. in West Palm Beach, Florida, practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and Marital Law.

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