Two examples of why DUI defendants should not post about their cases on Facebook

I cannot say this enough times:  if you have a legal matter, do not post about it on Facebook or any other form of social media.  (Or, for that matter, discuss it with anyone or write about anywhere else).

Here are two new examples of DUI defendants who got into hot water for posting about their drunk driving escapades on Facebook:

From ABC News:

A Kentucky woman’s cavalier ‘LOL” comment on Facebook about an alleged drunk driving accident that police believe she caused led a judge to send her to jail for two days and force her off the social networking site.

Paula Asher slammed into a car carrying four teenagers in Woodford County, Ky., in July and left the scene, police allege . Parents of the teens were upset to see a seemingly flip comment about the incident on Facebook after the fact and told the court about it, police told WLEX.

Asher received four charges stemming from the incident, including leaving the scene of accident, driving under influence of alcohol, and possession of a controlled substance, Tricia Kittinger with Woodford County Circuit Court told ABC News.

Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps wasn’t pleased either when she learned that Asher had written, “My dumb bass got a DUI and I hit a car…LOL” on Facebook, according to Louisville NBC affiliate WAVE. “LOL” is an abbreviation for “laughing out loud.”

When Asher initially appeared in court after the July 20 accident, the judge told her to delete her Facebook account, Kittinger said. Asher did not take it seriously, and was charged with contempt of court when the judge learned her Facebook page was still active…

“I didn’t think LOL would put me in jail,” she said.

Asher will be back in court on September 24, Kittinger told ABC News. She has since said that she’s sorry for what she did to all parties involved.

“I apologize to everybody,” she said. “I apologize to the judge. I didn’t mean to hurt anybody.”

From The Oregonian:

Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, … wound up in Clatsop County Jail after posting a message on Facebook, complete with emoticons, admitting he’d been driving drunk and apologizing for hitting someone’s car.

Astoria police were already investigating a hit and run on Fifth Street involving a Scion that received significant damage after being sideswiped, police said. A second car was also damaged.

That call came in at about 1 a.m. New Year’s day.

Later that day, an Astoria officer got a phone call from someone who wanted to share Cox-Brown’s message, which read: “Drivin drunk … classic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”

A second “friend” also called police. At Cox-Brown’s Astoria home, police found a vehicle with damage consistent to the damage done to the two vehicles involved in the early morning hit and run, police said.

They also found pieces belonging to Cox-Brown’s vehicle left behind at the scene of the crash. He was arrested and taken to the Clatsop County Jail where he was accused of two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.

He was released on his own recognizance.

Update:  CNN has more stories about what can happen when you “share” on social media.

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