As an Omaha marijuana possession lawyer, Daniel Stockmann has seen his fair share of cases with odd evidence, but the latest out of Nebraska is almost too unreal to believe. A local woman was arrested when authorities discovered she was using Snapchat to sell MJ.
Snapchat Gives the Illusion of Invisibility
Every day, some 187 million users head to Snapchat. It’s one of the most popular apps among young Americans, with 30% of millennial internet users accessing the service regularly and 41% of those 18-34 tapping in daily. The biggest draw for most is the sharing of photos and videos—literally millions sent every day—which vanish “forever” after a few short moments of viewing. The fact that media is no longer accessible to the receiver after a few seconds often gives the illusion to individuals that anything they’ve sent is gone forever, but that’s not necessarily the case.
What’s Shared on Snapchat Doesn’t Always Stay on Snapchat
There’s a number of reasons why things shared on Snapchat leave the platform. People can grab screenshots and save the images quickly, for starters. There are also apps that are designed to work around security measures in place and grab copies of whatever is shared. At least one hacker claims he was able to access old Snapchat data on an Android phone. The company also readily admits that unread messages stay on their servers for a period of time, while the metadata associated with messages may stick around even after the photo or video vanishes. Of course, there’s always the possibility that you’re sharing with people you didn’t intend to share with in the first place, and that’s exactly what happened to a Nebraska woman a few week ago.
Selling Marijuana on Snapchat is a Bad Idea
There’s no good place to sell weed in Nebraska, but posting an ad on Snapchat or any other social media platform is probably one of the worst ideas possible. It just so happened that when a 19-year-old woman from Beatrice listed a couple bags for sale, an officer was watching and volunteered to take it off her hands. When officers arrived at the meeting point, the woman and two teens were waiting in two separate vehicles which reportedly smelled like weed. The teens now face possession charges, while the woman faces several, including selling and using a juvenile to distribute. Oddly enough, she wasn’t the first to attempt to sell weed on Snapchat. There are other stories which ended just as badly.
Retain an Experienced Omaha Marijuana Possession Lawyer
No matter how difficult or grim a case looks, there are often methods a skilled attorney can use to have charges thrown out or reduced. Daniel Stockmann has devoted his whole practice to fighting cases like this, ensuring a single incident does not jeopardize his clients’ futures. However, it’s also deeply important to bring an attorney on board as soon as possible; either immediately after arrest or the moment you realize you’re being investigated. To find out what your options are, contact Mr. Stockmann for a free case evaluation by calling (844) 906-0641 or completing the form on this page.
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