Some New Braunfels college students who drink and drive like to make light of their situations, especially if law enforcement catches them; it is, in fact, a way to cope with getting into trouble. Unfortunately, many of them turn to Facebook, Instagram and other outlets that can create even more problems.
Many people feel a false sense of security when it comes to social media. They make posts and share pictures and videos about their actions online, not knowing that anything they share can become evidence against them. DUIs may seem like they are glamorous and easy charges to beat on television; in real life, they are not.
As glorified as sharing every single detail of their lives may seem, students who are facing DWI charges should take some time to understand how social media can affect their situations.
Privacy settings are not prosecution proof
Everything that people share on social media is not innocent and harmless. Some things are personal and not for everyone to see. Many people think they can control what they share by adjusting their account's privacy settings so that only certain people can see what they post. However, that does not keep their activities from becoming admissible in court. The prosecution does not necessarily have to rely solely on evidence from the arrest to get a DUI conviction. They can subpoena and use evidence from the defendant’s social media accounts.
Deleting posts does not erase evidence
Many people believe that all they need to do to get rid of any incriminating information that they have previously shared online is to delete it. Deleting incriminating evidence from social media can be seen as intentional and may result in the offender receiving harsher penalties. It can damage their character and cause the courts to develop an unfavorable impression of them.
Millions of people use social media every day. The risk of incriminating evidence being shared by others is extremely high. People who commit crimes can still use social media, but they should be extremely careful about what they say and post online. They should not post or share anything that could become evidence against them.
Anyone who is facing a DWI charge and worrying about their social media accounts becoming evidence should speak to an attorney about their situation to learn their options.