You may want to think twice before posting that selfie on Facebook.
Kristin Holmes, 26, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was charged with harassment by computer after posting a photo of herself holding a gun during an argument on Facebook after she was allegedly mistaken for another woman.
She posted the photo with the caption, "I'll post a few actual pics of me so you know the difference when you 'come find me.’"
"I feel like it's ridiculous because we were all guilty,” Holmes said. "And I admit...I was childish and argued as well. Everybody was arguing.”
Holmes was upset by the charge, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. "What happened to freedom of speech?” Holmes told WWBT. "And it was just a picture. It wasn't a threat. I thought it was a funny picture, and then I realized later that it was a little bit intimidating. So I took it down."
Kevin Carroll with the Fraternal Order of Police said, "There is no such thing as a petty offense."
According to state code, it’s illegal to use a computer to send vulgar or indecent language or to threaten illegal or immoral acts. When asked if Carroll was arresting people for using foul language, he responded, "It's actually against the law to say it in public. It's a part of the disorderly conduct statute. If it's against the law to say it in public… why wouldn't it be against the law to say it to someone through a computer?"
Holmes warned people to be cautious. "Be careful what you put on the internet," said Holmes."Because you can go to jail for it. Facebook thugging is a crime."
She plans to fight the charge, which was brought by Henrico Police.