Social media is a part of daily life for both adults and teens. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should discuss everything about your life on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. This is particularly true when you’re involved in a legal matter, especially if you’ve been arrested. If you are charged with driving under the influence, here’s why posting about it on social media could compromise your defense.
Your Social Media Accounts Aren’t As Private As You Think
You may believe that your social media account settings only allow “friends” to view your posts. The truth is, when a crime is involved, a lot more can come to light. Law enforcement and prosecutors can subpoena records from social media platforms or cell phone carriers. This is done if they have reason to believe there’s incriminating evidence on your social media. In fact, sometimes just friends of friends of friends will stumble across posts that you never intended them to see. Don’t assume that your circle is tight and that what you post about your DUI (or anything else for that matter) is for certain eyes only.
Don’t Incriminate Yourself Online
One Michigan woman learned the hard way how posting about legal matters on social media can come back to haunt you. Colleen Cudney was on probation after a DUI in 2012. She violated her probation the day before by drinking on St. Patrick’s day, but still managed to pass a breathalyzer test. Nothing would have come of the situation had she not decided to post about her great luck on Facebook. Then, an officer saw the post. At the time of the news article, Cudney faced an additional 93 days in jail because essentially, she had admitted guilt on a public forum.
While it’s best to not post anything at all about your DUI, your arrest, or an accident if you were involved in one, definitely avoid admitting guilt in any way.
Contact a DUI Lawyer Today
If you’ve been arrested for a DUI, not only should you not post about it on social media, you should also consult an experienced lawyer to discuss how to best protect your rights under the law. You’ll also need to discover a solid defense strategy to help you fight the charges against you. At Whitehead Law, we have significant experience in working with clients facing DUI charges and we can help. Contact us today for a consultation by calling (302) 663-7975.