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'LOL' comment lands woman in jail following DUI accident

The proliferation of smart phones and wireless internet access coupled with the advent of social media has served to drastically transform how news is delivered and we communicate with one another. A vital news tip can be tweeted or an important personal accomplishment posted in the blink of an eye. However, there are some people whose love of social media and need to communicate instantly may go a bit too far.

According to police reports, Paula A. was allegedly driving drunk in Woodford County, Kentucky back on July 20 when she ran into a car carrying four teenagers. Police are also alleging that she left the scene of the collision.

After she was apprehended, she was charged with four separate offenses, including leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance.

However, she was later charged with contempt of court. The reason? After the accident, she posted, "My dumb (expletive) got a DUI and I hit a car... LOL" on her Facebook page.

The parents of the teens involved in the accident were understandably upset by the comment, and told the court about it. Paula A. was then ordered by the presiding judge to not only remove the post, but also to delete her Facebook account altogether.

However, when the judge later learned Paula A. was still using the Facebook account after the order, she was charged with contempt and immediately placed in jail for 48 hours. Since that time, she has returned to court and indicated that her Facebook page was now terminated.

"I really wasn't trying to make fun of [the crash]... I didn't think 'lol' would put me in jail," said Paula A. "I apologize to everybody. I apologize to the judge. I didn't mean to hurt anybody."

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

A DWI/DUI arrest can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.

When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


WLEX 18, "Facebook posting lands woman a contempt of court charge," Sept. 10, 2012

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