Can a text message get you arrested?

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Can a text message get you arrested?

If one was to text a person about
buying a weight, not specifically saying
of what, can that person be arrested. A
friend was arrested and may have texts
on their phone. The cop came to my
house when I wasn’t home looking for
me. Since that text tho there is nothing
in my home and a dog could even
come n and leave empty handed. Do I
have reason to be consernd? Thanks

Asked on March 14, 2017 under Criminal Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If from the context of the message (i.e. who it was sent to; the way the "weight" is described or talked about; the price [e.g. is it a typical price for a fairly standard weight of a drug]; etc.) a reasonable person would assume it was about drugs, that could be enough to arrest you (though it likely would not be, by itself, enough to convict, since it most likely would not constitute proof "beyond a reasonable doubt"--unfortunately, what is required to arrest in the first place is considerably less than is required to ultimately convict). And if the friend, to try to get more favorable treatment for himself, sells you out and says it was  a message from you about buying drugs, then with his testimony, it would certainly be enough to arrest, and very possibly to convict.


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