Should Someone Refrain From Discussion Of Their DUI On Social Media Sites?

Absolutely, yes. People should generally refrain from discussing these kinds of issues with people on a Facebook post or on Twitter because it could be used as admissible evidence against them in court. It would be fine to talk to close friends, spouses, parents or whoever about the charges and what happened, because it would be important to have their support, but they really should not talk about it to anybody else. It can only hurt the case, it would not help anything and it could end up being evidence that could be introduced against the person. This is why they would definitely not want to make Facebook posts about it or say anything to anybody who could end up being a witness or anything like that.

Could The Police Officer Go Online And Use Pictures And Posts As Evidence?

Yes, this would be possible. Evidence law is a complicated area of the law, and there are a lot of things that would generally not be admissible. Hearsay and photos from other people would not be admissible against the person. Certain circumstances are exceptions to that rule, though, so if someone made an admission against their own interest, meaning they admitted they were drinking or something like that, then that statement could be admissible whereas normally, it would not be. Since the client is not an attorney, they would not be very familiar with what hearsay is and what kind of evidence is admissible and what is not. The best advice would be to just not mention it, because they would never know when an exception would apply and when something they said to somebody could end up being used as evidence.

Would It Help To Share The Situation With One’s Support System, Like Family Or Friends?

Yes, that would always be a good idea. Everybody hopefully has somebody in their life who they can tell anything to, whether it is parents, the spouse, friends or someone else, which is a great thing. The person should always talk to those people if they are having trouble, are scared or have a tough situation, because that is what they are there for. People charged with DUIs come from all kinds of different situations and circumstances, and they need to realize it is not the end of the world. It may feel scary and stressful especially the first time, because they might have never had any sort of other criminal trouble before, but they need to try not to worry about it too much. Although they have to go through some tough consequences and hardships, it will not be the end of the world. It will not ruin their life and they will be able to try to be what they were before and come out okay on the other side. The person should obviously talk to friends because they should be able to make them feel better about the situation.

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