Traffic Violations

The Dangers of Social Media and DUI

Social networks have created a digital world where everything and anything can shared at the click of a button. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms allow us to connect with people and share relationships, pictures of children, what we are doing, and what we ate during the day. After sharing on the Internet, many are discovering the dark side of social networking—everything that is being shared is public information, meaning that it can constitute as evidence against users.

When we are intoxicated our inhibitions are significantly lowered, allowing us to make poor decisions that wouldn’t even cross our minds if we were sober, like publicly announcing drunk driving. That’s what one woman did. A 23-year old Florida woman was arrested after broadcasting a live stream of herself while drunk driving on Periscope. During the video the woman says, “I’m driving home drunk, let’s see if I get a DUI.”

Periscope, owned by social media giant Twitter, is a phone app that allows users to broadcast to a worldwide audience. While it may have been designed for live streaming events and breaking news stories, it is becoming the fastest way for social media enthusiasts to engage with their followers.

The 23-year old drove intoxicated for over 40 minutes before police pulled her over. Several of her followers phoned 911 to report the incident as it unfolded. Thanks to the due diligence of the Periscope users and the police force, the Florida woman was arrested and charged with DUI after failing a field sobriety test.

Periscope is just the latest in a long list of social media platforms that help people incriminate themselves. An Ohio man posted a 12 second video of himself drinking while driving on Facebook. The man was arrested hours later for DUI.

Due to the high rate of drunk driving incidents, police are constantly on alert for clues of suspected drunk drivers. These clues typically include erratic driving, weaving, speeding, driving too slowly, and now, hints from social media platforms. Not only will sharing drunk driving on social networking sites get you caught faster, but also anything you post online can be used as evidence against you.

If you are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol, you may be facing serious consequences. The penalties for a first offense DUI include the mandatory loss of driving privileges, hefty fines, and possible jail time. Plus, any charges related to using technology while operating a motor vehicle.

If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence, it is imperative that you hire an experienced DUI defense attorney to ensure the best results for your case. The Law Office of Leon Matchin, LLC has been defending those charged with DUI/DWI in New Jersey for more than ten years.  Let our knowledge and experience work for you.  Call The Law Offices of Leon Matchin, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and protect your freedom (833) 732-7320.

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