Social media has become a powerful tool in trials. One Mesa woman claimed police officers used excessive force during a DUI traffic stop, reports ABC. Video evidence of the incident circulated on social media, which gave the woman great evidence to fight her case.
You may not have video evidence of the cops mistreating you, but you still need to know how to navigate social media before your trial. When you have a DUI trial on the horizon, it is paramount to keep the following tips in mind.
Do not delete anything
Posts and photos on social media can come up in court. Therefore, you want as little information on your Facebook and Instagram accounts as possible. However, if certain posts already exist, then you want to avoid deleting them. The court can view this as destruction of evidence, and you could face additional charges. You will be better off avoiding posting anything in the first place rather than deleting items later.
Alter your privacy settings
Deleting your social media pages entirely can make you look guilty even if you are innocent. The preferable option is to change your privacy settings so that the prosecution has a harder time finding potential evidence. Your settings should only allow your friends and people who follow you to see your posts. Until the trial is over, you should not accept any friend requests.
Be aware of what you post now
You may not have consumed any alcohol before the arrest. However, you may have pictures of you consuming alcohol and going to parties from months or years ago. The prosecution can use this to build a case you are a heavy drinker even though it does not relate to the night in question. In general, it is a good idea to be aware of what you post on social media. Incriminating photos can come back to haunt you later.