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If suspected of a crime, avoid taking 'selfies'

Tween girls post photos of themselves on Facebook every time they're doing, well, anything. Your co-worker posts a new picture of himself on Instagram every time he's at the gym. Love them or hate them, "selfies" are everywhere. Generally, they're harmless, albeit mildly annoying. A recent situation in Oakland, however, shows that sometimes selfies can get you into trouble.

Over the summer, a woman was robbed by two men. Wielding handguns, they stole a necklace and her phone. After the robbery, one of the men took a picture of himself with the woman's phone, and somehow police got their hands on it.

No matter how police got hold of the stolen phone, what matters for those they're after is that police now know what one of them looks like. The photo is a clear image of a man's face with some distinctive features.

Police have released the photo, hoping someone will recognize the man and point them in the right direction. They are also offering $2,500 to anyone who provides information resulting in an arrest.

As this case clearly shows, if you are suspected of committing a crime, having your face plastered across media websites is the last thing you want to happen. However, if you have found yourself in a difficult situation like this, it is important to know that you do not have to wait to be charged with a crime to talk to a criminal defense attorney. In fact, it can be beneficial to speak with an attorney before you face charges to get a head start on preparing a defense.

Source: NBC Bay Area, "Oakland Police Hope 'Selfie' Leads to Arrest of Robbery Suspects," Dec. 28, 2013

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