While getting arrested for a DUI or getting involved in a DUI accident is a big life change, it’s not something you necessarily want to post on your social media accounts like you would for other life events. Social media plays a big role in today’s society. In fact, law enforcement officers and prosecutors use evidence on social media to incriminate people arrested for a DUI. This evidence is used just a much as breathalyzer and field sobriety test results. Here’s why social media and a drinking and driving arrest don’t mix.
Be Wary About Your Account Security
You may have your social media accounts bolstered with privacy settings. However, when a crime is in question, these privacy settings aren’t worth much. In fact, a friend of a friend could see your post and send screenshots to authorities. Additionally, if prosecutors believe there may be incriminating evidence on your social media, they may be able to subpoena it. When posting to social media regarding your DUI, the best answer is “don’t.”
Social Media Can Cause You To Incriminate Yourself
In 2014, a Michigan woman posted on Facebook about how lucky she was that she passed a breathalyzer test the day after St. Patrick’s day, when she had been drinking. Unfortunately, drinking at all was a violation of her probation from a 2012 DUI arrest and conviction. A police officer happened to see her post and used it as evidence against her. At the time of the news post, Colleen Cudney faced another 3 months in jail for admitting that she drank while on probation.
It’s always better to not post at all when it comes to legal matters. Also, you certainly want to avoid incriminating yourself in any way. Don’t admit to anything online, not even in a private message to a friend. Safely assume that anything you post on social media has a real chance of getting back to an officer of the law.
When to Contact a DUI Lawyer
A DUI is a serious charge. Besides steering clear of social media, you also should talk to someone who can help protect you during your time of need. T. Martin Knopes, P.A. is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer with experience in DUI cases. Call now for a consultation to discover your best course of action at (850) 683-0700.