Our Miami DUI defense attorneys have been watching the impact of social media on legal precedent across the country. In one recent case, a 17-year-old driver whose boyfriend died in a drunk driving accident had her prison sentence increased because of a post she made on Facebook. The teen driver registered a 0.13 blood alcohol level and apparently posted a photo captioned “Drunk in Florida.”
She pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, and the judge said he was troubled by the teen’s conduct following the crash.
The judge treated the driver as a adult rather than a youth offender, sentencing her to six months in county jail and five years of probation, during which she will not be allowed to drive and will be under electronic monitoring for the first year out of prison. The teen also had her driver’s license revoked.
Source: Facebook Photo Nets Drunk Driver Longer Jail Term, IndyPosted.com, February 1, 2010
Contact our South Florida DUI defense lawyers if you have been charged with driving under the influence of drunks or alcohol.