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Tweeting Threats to The President Can Get You Arrested

Posted by Dan Kann | Apr 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Secret-service-swat

Knock knock

Who's there?

The secret service.

The not so funny knock knock joke is no joke at all. In the age of social media and sharing everything online, there are some things that should not be shared, tweeted or snaped. One such example is tweeting threats to our president. While President Trump is very active on Twitter and you are certainly welcome to share your support or disdain for the president as much as you like, you should not be posting anything that resembles a threat. One Twitter user found this out the hard way and was paid a visit by the secret service following a post that discussed his desire to assassinate the president.

While the majority of what you post and say is, of course protected by the First Amendment, there are some key exceptions to be aware of. One such exception has to do specifically with the law making it a felony (yes a felony) to knowingly and willfully convey a communication that contains any type of threat to assassinate or injure the president. During Obama's time as Commander-in-Chief, an Alabama man was sentenced to one year in jail for making a threat on his life over Twitter.

Conclusion: law enforcement is always looking for crimes being committed and when it comes to the President, they do not hesitate to act.

The intersection between social media and criminal law has been an interesting and growing area of law. More and more individuals are posting photos and bragging about crimes only to find that it was their post that tipped off the police. My first piece of advice is of course to be very careful about what you do and say online. While you have a right to be political, share your opinions about people and post stories about your life—take a moment before you publish anything to think about the nature of the content and comments you are sharing. My second piece of advice is to give us a call if you find yourself being charged with a crime as a result of your social media activity. Sure a post is a powerful piece of evidence but it isn't everything. It is much harder to show someone is guilty of a crime than you may think and the impact a conviction of any sort can have on your personal and professional life is devastating; which is why it is always in your best interest to work with a criminal defense attorney like ours.

If you have been charged with any type of felony in Pasadena, Encino, Ventura, Los Angeles, Valencia, or anywhere else in Southern California, please give us at the Kann California Defense Group a call immediately. We understand the stress and confusion you are dealing with and can help you with your case. We will work hard to reduce or eliminate the charges against you. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Los Angeles House Arrest

House arrest (also commonly referred to in California as home confinement) is a type of Los Angeles County alternative sentencing that many of my clients are interested in learning more about. And for good reason—the opportunity to avoid some or all of a jail sentence has some major personal and professional benefits. To begin- a Los Angeles house arrest sentence is still a form a punishment and will feel like one. But it is a type of punishment that can allow you to maintain a much greater level of normalcy in your life and in some instances continue to work—two things that are near impossible to do if you are sitting in jail.

If the circumstances dictate, house arrest is a great alternative to jail but not normally readily offered up by the judge or other side. For this reason, among others, working with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney can help get you this preferable form of punishment. Here are some important things to know about Los Angeles house arrest:

  1. It might not be around the clock: When you are in jail, you are in jail. But that is not necessarily the case when it comes to house arrest. Actually it is rarely the case that someone on house arrest has to stay at their house 24/7. For some individuals, a break from the home confinement will be allowed for court-approved activities, including: work, therapy, community service and doctors appointments.
  2. Pay to participate: Placing someone on house arrest is not free and you are the one that is going to pay for it. While an inability to pay does not necessarily bar you from consideration of this alternative jail sentence, the general rule is that the offender will pay for all the costs that are associated with administering the house arrest.
  3. Jail is still a real possibility: Again, while preferable, house arrest is still a form of punishment. If it is found (usually pretty easily) that you have violated the terms of your house arrest then it is very likely that you will be sent to jail to serve out your sentence. Another important thing to note is that unlike jail time where you can get good behavior credit that will lessen your time, good behavior is the only type of behavior that is acceptable for house arrest and no credit for following the rules will serve to lessen your time on house arrest.

Curious if you qualify for house arrest for your Los Angeles  or Ventura?—give us a call to set up your free consultation and let's talk about it. Los Angeles house arrest is something you ask and argue for, it is not handed to you. At Kann California Defense Group, we are here to help and we know how to make the arguments that can get you this desired arrangement. (888)744-7730

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Dan Kann

Daniel E. Kann has devoted his entire legal career exclusively to defending individuals facing criminal prosecution in Southern California. Dan fights criminal cases throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

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