These days, almost everyone is an open book. With social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, spreading word about your daily comings and goings is easier. People routinely upload photos and videos on their pages, documenting where they are, what they are doing, and even what they are about to eat.
While there is good in being open on social media, there is also the bad side. What used to be a fun way to share photos and comments with friends could be used against you — especially if you have a DUI case.
What You Post Matters
According to criminal law firm Noll-law.com, law enforcement officers are just as familiar with social media as you are. A simple Facebook post is no longer just a post for them.
Nowadays, social media plays a crucial role in the prosecution of cases. For example, a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio drove officers to examine thousands of posts to reconstruct a timeline of events.
With your DUI case, posting photos online might sabotage your chances. If you or your friends posted photos, which include timestamps and locations, prosecutors can place you at a certain time and place. Depending on the nature of the case, they can use these against you.
Venting out about your DUI arrest or case is also a recipe for disaster. It’s only natural to feel frustrated and use social media to air your insights. But keep in mind that law enforcers are no stranger to social media. What they see is what they get — and it may land you in jail.
If you have been arrested for DUI and already posted photos on social media, what should you do?
The quickest resolution lies in your privacy settings. Once law enforcers are on to you, set the privacy of your account to the highest level possible. Limit the access to outsiders by making accounts private. Also, refrain from accepting friend requests from strangers. Untag yourself from photos that will sabotage your case.
Do not post anything for the moment, especially comments about your case. Discuss the case with attorneys first.
Social media is a good thing, but if you have a DUI case, it could be the end. Think before you click.