Using Social Media in Criminal Cases in Texas (Audio Only)

(130 Ratings)

Streams live on: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 03:00pm EDT

Course Format On Demand Audio Audio Only

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This program, taught by Frank Sellers, a noted criminal defense attorney in Fort Worth, is designed to help attorneys who are increasingly finding social media evidence in their client’s discovery. The presentation focuses primarily on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and the use of these social media in criminal cases. It explains the Stored Communication Act and other laws governing obtaining social media evidence from the providers, including key cases nationally and in Texas dealing with the use of social media evidence. Viewers will learn how to challenge the Government’s acquisition of evidence, obtain social media evidence helpful to their clients, and offer and object to social media evidence in court.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the Stored Communications Act and the application to the use of social media in criminal cases
  2. Discuss cases defining the boundaries of the use of social media evidence in the courtroom
  3. Challenge government subpoenas of social media evidence
  4. Offer and object to social media evidence


Frank Sellers

Westfall Sellers

Frank Sellers is a trial and appellate attorney, who focuses on representing citizens and businesses facing criminal investigations and prosecutions. Frank maintains an active criminal trial practice, with a heavy emphasis on helping citizens accused of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Frank has earned a reputation as a knowledgeable, skilled trial lawyer. In addition to trial work, Sellers focuses a smaller portion of his practice on criminal appeals and writs of habeas corpus. He enjoys helping those that have been wrongfully convicted regain their freedom.

Since beginning his practice, Frank has represented people charged with all types of offenses and from all professional backgrounds, including doctors, lawyers, and even a district judge. He has won Not Guilty verdicts on cases ranging from DWI (both breath test and blood test) to Murder.

Frank’s work has earned him numerous legal honors. He is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, which means other lawyers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence. Texas Monthly SuperLawyers has honored Frank since 2015 as a Rising Star. The National Trial Lawyers named him as a Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyer.

Frank frequently presents to other criminal defense lawyers and judges around the state about various criminal trial and appellate issues. Before opening his practice in Fort Worth, Frank was president of the Lubbock Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association. On a statewide level, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association since 2014.

Personally, Frank was raised in Richardson, Texas. After graduating high school, he earned his degree in Economics from Texas A&M University. Frank then went onto earn his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. While at Tech, Frank was an editor on the Law Review, a member of the Board of Barristers, on numerous national mock trial teams, and was the president of the Texas Aggie Bar Association. He also received the CALI Award for the top grade in legal research and writing.



Lori G.

very informative.

Alma H.

Very much appreciate this Texas specific class. Thank you!

Mattie A.


Adam C.

It was informative.

Cynthia G.

Great presentation!

Richard S.

good course. Will use on my next case

R J P.

thank you for having at least1 Tx presenter

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