How Social Media Can Affect Your Case


Facebook, Twitter & the Internet in Divorce Cases

In today’s article we are going to look at how Social Media Social media has become a mainstay in the lives of many in the United States. It seems nearly second-nature to post thoughts and feelings on Facebook, Twitter, My Space, personal blogs and other online outlets. These messages and postings can come back to haunt you if you are going through a bitter divorce.

Messages can be posted online instantly. Once published, they are out there forever. This causes significant problems for people, because it is so easy to post online that people tend to lose their ability to filter themselves. This leads to emotional postings, including some that threaten violence against a spouse or child.

How Can Social Media Affect Your Case?

Messages from Facebook, Twitter and similar outlets can be used as evidence in civil and criminal litigation as well.  For example, if you write about how much you party, post pictures of being intoxicated and you are charged with DUI, imagine how these posts and photos will look in the eyes of a jury.  Think about it.  Think about the type of case you have and how what you are posting can hurt you.  Less is more.

Your Facebook Account is Not Your Friend During a Divorce

Social media cites like Facebook, Twitter and My Space are great places to share news with your friends efficiently; like my spouse just filed for divorce, along with an unflattering picture of your spouse and examples of his/her bad behavior. As the divorce progresses, you might be tempted to keep your friends updated on your conflict. This often entails taking shots at your spouse. As you get ready to move on, you want to share that you are starting to date, with information about some prospects.People unwittingly share very private information about themselves on Facebook or other social media cites without realizing that during a divorce they may be undermining their cases. It is relatively easy for your spouse to get copies of this information and keep track of you. In a recent survey of top divorce lawyers, Facebook was identified as the best source of bad behavior that can be used in court against you.If you have a Facebook, Twitter or My Space account, be careful what you post. You might want to take a sabbatical for a time, while you figure out the direction your life will be taking.Ask your friends to be careful in sharing information about you. For example, you might go to a bar with your friends. Someone takes a picture of you looking drunk, hanging onto a member of the opposite gender and posts it on their website. Your friend’s Facebook account is available to your spouse and the picture will be used as an exhibit in your custody battle. The same thing goes for You Tube.  With smart phones being such a common commodity, video upload is effortless.  The next thing you know your one night debut out on the town is now available for all the world to see with just a few clicks.If you have a new significant other, ask him or her to keep the details of your relationship private. Nothing can drive up your lawyer fees faster than having a jealous spouse. Remember this is a very emotional time. Many clients think they are safe to date because their spouse is dating. During divorce, many people forget the adage, “what good for the goose is good for the gander.” Yes, your husband may have ended the marriage by having a mistress, but he will be enraged if you start dating. It is not fair and frequently does not make sense. Just know that you will pay more in attorney fees if your dating becomes known to him. Therefore, be discrete.At this time when you are trying to figure out a new life for yourself and your family, do not make it a media event. Talk with a few close, trusted friends or relatives. Follow the advice of the professionals in your life; your therapist and lawyer. Keep your life off the web.
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Wills and Estates – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

Consult with one our experienced estate planning attorneys. We provide personal estate planning for our clients. A good estate plan includes more than just securing a Will. Below are just a few of the documents which each serve different functions:

  • Wills: Wills designate how your real property and personal assets should be distributed in the event that you pass away.
  • General durable powers of attorney: These documents allow you to appoint someone to make important legal and financial decisions on your behalf.
  • Living wills/health care powers of attorney: Living wills provide advance directives for medical decisions, like terminal illness or permanent unconsciousness. They are in place just in case you are unable to communicate your preferences yourself.
  • Trusts: A trust is a way to give the benefits of cash or property ownership to a person with those benefits managed by a trustee.
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships: These documents appoint a guardian or a conservator to oversee personal affairs or finances in the event of health problems or other significant needs.

We also offer assistance in:

  • Estate Administration
  • Contested Estates

Call us today at 843-572-1711 for a consultation to discuss your Estate Planning needs.

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Nursing Home Injury and Neglect – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

Too often in this society, our elderly are subject to abusive medical and health care treatment. At times, our elderly are unable to care for themselves and are unable to stand up and oppose bad medical treatment that results in injury. At DeLuca and Maucher, we can help by representing families and injured persons who are mistreated at nursing homes, convalescent centers, during home health care treatments, at hospitals, etc. We care about our parents and we can help to ensure that those in the medical profession care about your parents and your elderly family members.

We at DeLuca and Maucher have great experience in bringing cases against nursing homes, and other health care providers, and we are ready to meet with you to discuss many of the issues which happen on a daily basis at some of these health care facilities including bedsores, ulcers, untreated infections, dehydration, mal-nutrition, and medication errors. Call us at DeLuca and Maucher, we can help. (843)572-1711

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Workers Compensation – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

DeLuca and Maucher. Serving South Carolina for over 25 years. 843.572.1711

A workplace injury causes many concerns. No paycheck but expenses are accumulating. When can you return to your job?
At DeLuca Maucher, we can help. We have associated Workers’ Compensation attorneys with years of experience in Workers Compensation law.

Compensation for Work-related Injuries

Our associated lawyers are familiar with all types of on-the-job injuries, ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries and surgeries, chemical burns, loss of limb, or a forklift injury. Whether it was a construction site injury or a fall in the office, we work to ensure that you receive all benefits you are entitled to.

Your employer’s Workers’ Comp insurance should cover temporary disability, medical expenses, and any temporary or permanent disability relating to the accident or injury. This may include vocational rehabilitation training to learn another trade. If you have been injured on the job, contact us today.

Personal Injury Claims Related to Workers’ Comp

DeLuca and Maucher, represents clients in third party negligence claims arising out of a work-related injury. For instance, if you are injured by a third-party while working on the job, we can handle the action against that non-employee while also assisting in the injury suffered at work.

Contact DeLuca and Maucher to handle your workers compensation claim. Our firm offers appointments at all times, including evenings and weekends by appointment. We want to help. Let us help.

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Construction Defects – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

At DeLuca and Maucher, we represent owners in all aspects of construction litigation.  We have successfully litigated hundreds of cases involving damages exceeding a million dollars. Construction litigation involves construction defects, structural failures, foundations, roofs, water infiltration, mold, stucco, framing, insulation, grading, electrical, plumbing, exterior installation finishing system (EIFS), heating and air conditioning defects, violations of building codes, use of defective materials, delay, non-performance, scheduling, etc.  DeLuca and Maucher have a combined seventy (70) years experience practicing law in Charleston and throughout South Carolina and into Georgia.  We have great experience in advocating on behalf of our clients concerning single and multi family structures including town homes and condominium projects.

If you have legal questions regarding construction litigation, contact DeLuca and Maucher at (843)572-1711.

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Criminal Defense – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

The attorneys at DeLuca and Maucher have the experience and knowledge to protect your rights in the criminal process.  When you have been charged with a crime, you need an attorney who understands the elements of the crime and the emotional duress that affects a person being charged with a criminal offense.

Our experienced attorneys and staff are well equipped to defend you in the criminal process and will address all issues regarding your case in an attempt to resolve the criminal matter.  The experienced team at DeLuca and Maucher will do everything possible to protect your good name and to obtain the best result possible for you.

Our Criminal Defense Attorneys are ready to represent you at the Federal, State, and local Magistrate’s/Municipal Courts on all matters involving any criminal charge to include but not limited to the following areas of criminal defense:

  • Driving Under Suspension
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Alcohol Related Offenses
  • Drug Offenses
  • Criminal Domestic Violence (CDV)
  • Expungement
  • Gun Charges
  • Student Criminal Issues
  • Sex Crimes
  • Assault & Battery
  • Assault & Battery High and Aggravated Nature (ABHAN)
  • Violent Crimes
  • Federal Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Bond Hearings
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Possession
  • Criminal Charges
  • Municipal/Magistrate Court Charges
  • State Felony Charges
  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Probation Violations
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Arson
  • Bribery
  • Burglary
  • Conspiracy
  • White Collar Crime
  • Weapon Offenses
  • Manslaughter
  • Identity Theft
  • Murder Defense
  • Hit & Run
  • Minor In Possession of Alcohol
  • Fraud
  • Breach of Trust

We can offer help on all of the above mentioned criminal charges and welcome the opportunity to meet with you for a confidential consultation.  If you, your family members or any of your friends have been charged with a criminal offense, call the Law Offices of DeLuca and Maucher today!  We will do our best to explain your charges to you and the possible consequences associated with the same.  We believe it is very important for an individual to have representation and we are available to meet with you to discuss your case.  http://www.DeLucaMaucher.com Call us at 843-572-1711 to schedule an appointment with one of our criminal defense attorneys right away.

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Divorce and Child Custody – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

Experienced in all arenas of divorce and family law including child support, child custody, alimony, and asset distribution, the Law Firm of DeLuca and Maucher is dedicated to helping their clients in this very emotional transition.

DeLuca & Maucher is one of Lowcountry’s most accomplished Domestic Relations family law firms, experienced in:

  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Child Custody & Child Support
  • Paternity
  • Post-separation Support
  • Alimony
  • Domestic Violence
  • Separation and Property Settlement Agreements
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Domestic Appeals
  • Guardianship

Our attorneys are known for the prosecution and defense of complex marital distribution valuations and difficult custody disputes. But we’re equally noted for the caring service our attorneys and legal support team provide our clients. We can help you get through it.
Contact us to arrange for your confidential consultation.
Please fill out our Contact Form, or call us to learn more and arrange for a confidential consultation.

* NOTE: Because of the number of consultations in this area we require a $25 consultation fee for all Family Law consultations.

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Wrongful Death – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

When an individual is harmed due to negligence on the part of another person, company or organization, he or she has the ability to pursue a civil lawsuit to collect damages for the injury.

When the negligence leads to death, however, his family has the option of filing a wrongful death suit. Such a lawsuit allows the family of a deceased individual to pursue damages for their loved one’s death from the entities responsible even when the victim can no longer speak for himself.

These damages can compensate the family for medical bills incurred and financial losses suffered by the family as a result of the loss of their relative, including the wages the victim would have earned in his or her lifetime had it not been for negligence on the part of a person or company.

Though no amount of damages can ever truly compensate a family for a loved one’s loss, filing a wrongful death suit allows a family to bring negligence to light and possibly effect policy change that prevents other unnecessary deaths in the future.

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Medical Malpractice – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

Recent studies have indicated that over a million people each year are injured by medical malpractice. If you believe that medical malpractice has resulted in harm to you or a loved one, we are here to talk with you about helping you bring a claim against a hospital or doctor or nurse.
At DeLuca and Maucher, we have what it takes to get tough with hospitals, doctors and nurses that commit medical malpractice and hurt families and sometimes, case death. We have over forty(40) years combined experience in medical malpractice. We have a team of doctors and nurses ready, willing and able to review medical malpractice cases and if necessary, to testify on behalf of you or a family member harmed through the negligence of a health care professional. We have helped hundreds collect millions.

All patients have the right to receive proper and reasonable care from hospitals, doctors and nurses. If you have received something less that reasonable and proper medical care and have been injured as a result, contact the lawyers of DeLuca and Maucher. We can help. (843)572-1711.

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Drunk Driving Accidents – Attorney / Lawyer Charleston, SC

DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS: DELUCA AND MAUCHER CAN HELP

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than a quarter million people are injured each year in alcohol-related crashes. Every 31 minutes someone in the U.S. is killed in an alcohol-related auto accident, and every two minutes someone is injured.

When a driver makes the reckless decision to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the victim of any resulting auto accident may pursue civil damages for his or her injuries. At DeLuca and Maucher law offices, our auto accident attorneys are dedicated to providing effective and compassionate personalized legal representation to the victims of drunk driving accidents and their families. If a family member has been injured or killed as a result of a negligent driver’s actions, we can file a person injury or wrongful death claim to hold the at-fault driver accountable for his or her actions. Contact one of our attorneys who handle DUI auto accident cases today to schedule a free consultation.

DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS

The NHTSA reports that on average, alcohol-related accidents accounted for approximately 16,000 fatalities in the United States or 39 percent of the total number of traffic fatalities during a given year. Drunk driving accidents are a major problem on America’s roadways. The fact that driving while under the influence of alcohol (or another intoxicating substance) is a willful choice that places others on the road in jeopardy means that drunk drivers who cause fatalities must be held accountable for their actions.

In the State of South Carolina, the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit to operate a motor vehicle for an adult 21 years of age or older is .08 percent – anything over this limit is considered illegal. Driving while under the influence in the State of South Carolina can result in various criminal charges being brought against the intoxicated driver. In addition, under South Carolina’s laws concerning PUNITIVE DAMAGES, there are numerous benefits that are available to the injured party or his or her family in case of a death. A lawyer with experience in the area of DUI accident/related cases from DeLuca and Maucher can help you understand your legal rights and assist you and your family in obtaining the just compensation you deserve.

If you are the victim of a drunk driving accident ANYWHERE IN THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, one of our auto accident attorneys who represents clients throughout the State, can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to receive under the law. Contact our personal injury / DUI / alcohol related personal injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and case review.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Driving under the influence (DUI) does not refer only to drinking and driving. DUI can also occur where a driver operates a motor vehicle under the influence of an illegal drug, such as cocaine or marijuana, or even over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications that warn against use while driving. These substances have been shown to impair the performance of the essential mental and motor functions necessary to safely operate a motor vehicle.

VICTIMS RIGHTS

If you have been injured by a person who was driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you have rights. The choice to drive while intoxicated is reckless and represents a blatant disregard for public safety. An auto accident lawyer can, in the appropriate case, file a lawsuit on your behalf for both economic and non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. In certain cases, you may be entitled to PUNITIVE damages, damages designed to send a message to ALL drivers NOT to drive while intoxicated.

CALL DELUCA AND MAUCHER: WE CAN HELP!

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