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Judge rules doing this one thing on Facebook can violate a restraining order

Judge rules doing this one thing on Facebook can violate a restraining order
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Be careful who you tag in your posts on social media. Tagged photos could get you into some legal trouble. At least if you happen to be under a restraining order and tag the other person.

This is what happened to a woman named Maria Gonzalez, who was under a restraining order that was filed by her sister-in-law, Maribel Calderon. One of the requirements of the restraining order was that Gonzalez refrain from contacting Calderon, including electronic communication.

Either Gonzalez didn't understand this clause, or chose to ignore it when she tagged Calderon in a Facebook post calling her "stupid". The post also included some disdainful comments that said, "You and your family are sad... You guys have to com stronger than that! I'm way over you guys but I guess not in ya agenda."

It's unclear whether or not Gonzalez was intentionally writing the small rant knowing Calderon would see it, or if she didn't realize Calderon would see the post. But, anyone who uses Facebook should know that a notification pops up whenever you're tagged in a post.

The post ultimately led to further criminal charges being pressed against Gonzalez, who is now facing second-degree criminal contempt and could face an entire year in prison.

Gonzalez's attorney fought the charges, claiming that the restraining order did not specifically exclude communication via Facebook. But the judge disagreed, stating the phrase in the protection order that read "by electronic or any other means" was sufficient to cover any Facebook communication.

Gonzalez's lawyer plans to appeal the ruling.

This story just goes to show how important it is to carefully consider what you post on social media. It's usually best to follow that wholesome advice your mother gave you, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

Sure, social media is a place for self-expression. But, just remember - anything you say can be held against you in a court of law.

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Source: CNET
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