In modern times, taking selfies is a widespread phenomenon. As one man from Texas found out recently, snapping random pictures of yourself may come in handy for more than just social media likes one day. Christopher “CJ” Precopia, a 21-year-old resident of Williamson County, had been arrested and charged with felony burglary until his lawyers helped utilize a single selfie to exonerate him of all charges.

CJ was initially suspected of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home. In addition to attempted burglary, the ex-girlfriend claimed CJ also attacked her and drew an “X” onto her skin. When police arrived at the victim’s home, they noted damage to the front door and witnessed cuts to the victim’s hands and face.

After listening to the victim’s story, officers from the Temple County Police Department confronted Precopia while he was at work. On September 22, 2017, the officers went to the lumber yard and executed an arrest warrant regarding the alleged burglary and attack. CJ was charged with felony burglary with the intent to commit additional felonies and faced up to 99 years in prison if convicted.

Luckily, CJ’s mother was with him during the time of the alleged attack, and she found evidence to prove it. CJ and his mom were at the Renaissance Austin Hotel and had taken a selfie together. Minutes later, they had posted the picture to Facebook. Investigators looked into the selfie and found metadata indicating it was taken at 7:02 P.M. The attack occurred at 7:20 P.M. miles away. This incredibly evidence led prosecutors to dismiss the case and exonerate the suspect. Never underestimate the power of a selfie!