If you have recently been accused of a DWI in Texas, it is important to understand how you can properly manage the situation. The actions that you take in the days after you were pulled over are vital if you want to avoid being charged.
The use of social media is becoming increasingly prevalent, and many people have public profiles, meaning that anyone has access to their personal data and what they post. After being pulled over and accused of driving while impaired, it’s common for people to feel shocked, scared or even angry about what they may believe to be a false accusation. This can mean that people impulsively post about the event on social media. However, unfortunately, this can have the potential to damage their defense.
Social media posts can be used as evidence in court
The posts that you make on social media may be made with the intention of only being viewed by friends, but they can be used as evidence against you in court. This is why it is always a good idea to remain silent on social media. It is also important to avoid disclosing any information about how much you had to drink.
Your social media profile could paint an unflattering picture of you
Even if you did not share any information regarding the night you were arrested on social media, it’s best to maintain a private profile. If your profile includes pictures of your drinking with friends or engaging in intoxicated behavior, this could depict you in a negative light.
Can my profile be used against me if it is private?
It can be possible for the prosecution to view your private profile by requesting access through fake accounts. However, this practice is controversial. If your private social media account was accessed by prosecutors or police using fake accounts, you may be able to attempt to defend yourself by claiming that your Fourth Amendment rights were breached and that you were subject to the social media equivalent of an unlawful search.
If you have been accused of driving while impaired by alcohol in Texas, it is important that you take action to defend yourself successfully.