Mon, 22 Feb 2010 03:51:49 GMT — For many of us, the Internet is a place to do everything from paying bills to connecting with friends. And while it might seem harmless, what you say in cyberspace could get you in trouble. "People put things out there without thinking about them and without realizing that it's there forever, attorney Anthony DeWitt, with the law firm of Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson and Gorny, said. It's something DeWitt's seeing more often, with people benefiting or getting busted by things they've posted on the web. Those postings could be a slam dunk for a lawyer if something goes to court. "We've had situations where people have made some pretty damaging admissions that we were able to capitalize on, DeWitt said. Social networking sites aren't private. In fact it says so in the fine print. "Missouri's ethical rules actually protect litigants from lawyer's snooping, DeWitt said. There are a lot of other people out there that can and will pillage the Internet for what can be used again you." He tells his clients to consider deactivating their online pages, or not to post, pic or tweet anything that could come back to bite them. Which isn't bad advice. Even if you're not planning on going before a jury anytime soon. Join us Monday night at 6:00 p.m. on our website to chat live with DeWitt about any social media questions or legal issues. Another expert will also be on our web chat answering questions about Internet safety. Read the transcript from the Internet Safety Live Chat: LIVE CHAT: Internet Safety
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