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Don’t Photoshop Yourself Into Criminal Charges

Posted by John Campanella | Jun 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Eire Police are looking for this man after finding images of him on the Erie PD Facebook page alongside the caption, “Erie PD at their finest”.   The man is not a member of the EPD.   The police suspect that the image could be Photoshoped but are not certain so they continue to investigate.

The Erie Police Department does have a strict social media policy in place that would punish an officer if he/she was responsible for the posting.

There is a lesson to be learned here which is be careful about what you post online.  It is so quick and easy to post a photo that it is easy to post something you later regret.

While images can get you into trouble they can also get you out.  There are many options available if you want to purchase a small body camera or a camera that mounts to your car.  This potentially could be used to record while you are driving in your vehicle similar to what law enforcement uses.  While I am not advocating that we all arm ourselves with cameras and photograph all encounters with law enforcement, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If you have been stopped by the police and arrested for DUI, they likely have video of you and you are entitled to a copy of it for your own viewing prior to trial.  I regularly obtain these videos for my clients and have used them more than once to have a case dismissed.

Most recently an out of state woman was visiting on business when she was pulled over for reportedly weaving in her lane.  The video I obtain by issuing a DMV subpoena directly to CHP showed clearly that my clients driving was flawless.  Once I presented the video to Sacramento Superior Court Judge Raoul M. Thorbourne who granted my Penal Code 1538.5 motion to suppress on the grounds that the officer's detention of my client violated the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution protecting people in the United States against the unlawful search and seizure of their property or possessions including their blood or breath sample by the police.

If you have a question about your DUI call The Law Offices of John A. Campanella now at 916 498-8460

About the Author

John Campanella

I have been representing people accused of drunk driving since I began practicing in 1995. I am active member of the National College of DUI Defense, a member of California DUI Lawyers Association, I am certified by the National Highway and Traffic Association for the administration of Field Sobriety Tests. I regularly attend DUI continuing education of the Bar, have tried over 35 Jury Trials, hundreds of pretrial motions and over 1000 DMV hearings all relating to DUI cases.


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