Social Media and a Los Angeles DUI – A Recipe for Disaster
In a society where social media is at the very center of our lives, it is not uncommon to share details about our most recent outings. For example, maybe you went out for a night of partying with friends and posted pictures on Facebook or Instagram. No big deal, right? Let’s say that you were stopped that very same evening for suspected drunk driving and arrested. Those pictures you posted may be used as evidence against you.
Before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and the other social media websites, gathering evidence in a criminal case meant that law enforcement actually how to go out to collect it. Nowadays, they often don’t even have to leave their desks to obtain damaging evidence against someone.
You might be reading this article and thinking, “yeah that’s good to know, but I have already been arrested for DUI, so what now?”
First and foremost, you need to hire an experienced Los Angeles DUI lawyer, who will be able to help you build a strong defense. Then, you need to do the following:
- Tell your attorney about the social media websites you have used. Do you have a Facebook profile? What about Twitter? Do you post on Instagram? This is information that your lawyer needs to know, so he or she can determine what evidence might be out there that the prosecution will use in your case.
- Stop posting on social media. What you post on social media websites doesn’t go away—it stays there. Even seemingly harmless conversations via social media can come back to haunt you. Therefore, if you have been arrested for drunk driving, stop making posts on social media sites, period.
- Talk to your lawyer about cancelling your social media accounts. If you have already posted some things that could hurt your defense, talk to your lawyer about it. The best option might be to cancel your accounts, but be sure to discuss it first with your attorney.
Get Help from Someone with Experience
A DUI charge or other criminal offense can seriously affect your future. Not only could you be looking at time behind bars and possible fines, you may have trouble obtaining employment in the years to come. It is imperative that you have an experienced lawyer on your side who will build a strong defense on your behalf.
Have you or someone you know been charged with DUI or any other crime? Contact Ernenwein & Johnson, Los Angeles and Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyers today at 310-375-5858 for a free case review.