Social media has become a way of life for most people, especially young generations currently in high school or college. Statista reports that the number of social media users will grow from 2.77 billion in 2019 to a whopping 3.02 billion in 2021. As social media use increases, so does using it as evidence in criminal cases.
Prosecutors in Florida have been able to use social media profiles to construct timelines that prove where defendants were and what they were doing at specific times related to the crime in question, which may contradict alibis or unravel their defense. In DUI cases, social media proof can be used to support the accusation that the defendant was driving while intoxicated. Here’s what you should be wary of posting on social media.
Photographs of You At Bars and Parties
When you go out to a bar or party with friends, it’s normal to take fun pictures and post them on your social media channels. However, this can make it more difficult for you to argue against a DUI if you are driving and are stopped and arrested. Prosecutors can pull up your photos — even if your social media account is private — and show that you were at a bar or party before you were stopped by police.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter if you were there as a designated driver and were drinking water. If you happen to fail a roadside sobriety test and there are photos on your social media accounts of you clearly at a bar, you may be convicted of a DUI even if you were stone cold sober at the time you were pulled over.
Posts with Verbiage About Alcohol
Avoid posting about alcohol use on your social media. For example, don’t write a post about the funny things your friend did at a party while they were drinking and tag them in it — not only could this later come back as a problem for you, it could do the same for your friend.
Contact the Law Office of Martin T. Knopes Today
It’s important to do your best to avoid giving anyone with access to your social media profile ammunition to use against you in a DUI case, especially if you have prior DUIs on your record. If you are accused of a DUI and prosecutors attempt to use evidence scraped from your social profiles against you, it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side.
Contact T. Martin Knopes now by calling (850) 683-0700.