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Avoid social media until your drugged driving case is over

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Drug Crimes

If you’re currently navigating the complexities of a drugged driving case in Texas, it’s imperative to understand how your social media activity could impact the evolution and outcome of your case.

Texas law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are increasingly savvy when it comes to leveraging digital evidence in court. As a result, it’s in your best interests to stay off of your social media accounts until your case has been fully resolved.

Evidence: Don’t aid prosecutors unintentionally

In Texas, as in many states, prosecutors can and do use social media content as evidence in criminal proceedings. This includes anything from direct admissions of guilt to seemingly innocent photos or check-ins (possibly taken out of context) that might suggest irresponsible behavior. Texas courts have upheld the admissibility of social media evidence, provided it can be authenticated, meaning anything you post can potentially be used against you.

Case negotiations and sentencing

In Texas, the outcome of a drugged driving case often hinges on negotiations between a defense attorney and the prosecution. Public social media activity can undermine these negotiations by providing the prosecution with additional leverage. For example, if your social media activity contradicts your defense or shows a lack of remorse, it could lead to harsher sentencing or reduced willingness on the part of the prosecution to engage in plea bargaining.

Given how much is at stake, stepping back from social media accounts is a wise strategy for as long as your case is pending in Texas. Doing so can help to facilitate your defense strategy and keep you from unintentionally aiding the prosecution as it seeks an unfavorable outcome in your case.