(Mirror Daily, United States) – It’s difficult to deny the fact that social media has become a huge part of lives. Except for the fact that almost everybody uses it, it’s so much a part of daily lives that you can actually get in trouble for using it in way that you shouldn’t. This is what Maria Gonzales found out, as NY woman violates restraining order via Facebook.
After the relationship between Maria Gonzales and her husband ended on a sour note, the ex-husband’s relatives, particularly his sister-in-law’s family received a restraining order against Maria.
Perhaps following a specific event, or just hoping to be able to get in some jabs at Maribel Calderon, the sister-in-law, in any way she could, Maria Gonzales tagged the restraining order holder in a couple of Facebook posts.
In the first post, the accused Ms. Gonzales called her sister-in-law stupid, while in the second she went even farther, stating that Maribel Calderon and her entire family were stupid, that she was over them, and that apparently they were not over her.
This was followed by a very quick trip to the courthouse, as once she received the notifications, the plaintiff announced that Ms. Gonzales was in breach of her restriction order.
Ms. Gonzales’ lawyer tried to claim that the judge’s orders weren’t specific enough, not actually mentioning Facebook as a forbidden means of communication.
However, the judge reported that she was actually quite specific in her ruling, prohibiting the layer’s client from communicating with the plaintiff, and from contacting her and her family by telephone, e-mail, voice mail, or any other electronic or other means.
Since Facebook would most definitely fall in the ‘other electronic means’ category, Maria Gonzales is now facing a year in jail for contempt of the judge’s decisions.
This isn’t the first time a matter like this arose in court. People keep assuming that judges don’t take social media into account when making court decisions.
Others have been arrested for far less than what Ms. Gonzales did, since she actually insulted the person she was ordered to stay away from,
Different cases involves a woman that was arrested for ‘poking’ another woman on Facebook, or a mother who was refused to see her children after she attempted to kidnap them and then posted on Facebook about them.
When dealing with courtrooms and judge’s decisions, you should always follow the orders given, rather than risking losing your freedom in a silly attempt of defying authorities.
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