Posting on social media can be a lot of fun, but there are limits. A Mississippi man learned the hard way that these limits include exceeding the local speed limits. As a general rule, it’s never too smart to post on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, if you’re in the middle of any type of litigation. As Mr. Rogel, the speeding YouTuber learned, it’s also not too smart to post videos of yourself violating the law in any way.
Mr. Rogel’s Curious Adventure
The speeding driver, Beau Alan Rogel, is a “self-proclaimed YouTube celebrity,” according to the story about his cross-county driving and arrest reported in the Clarion Ledger. His YouTube channel has 9,500 subscribers. His description of his channel includes this statement “GOALS: To use 100% of revenue earned on YouTube for cool, irresponsible, childishly cool sh**.”
Mr. Rogel was arrested by the Rankin County Sheriff’s office. Ironically, the announcement of the arrest was made on Facebook. The videos, which prosecutors will likely seek to use in court if Mr. Rogel contests the traffic charges, show him “violating numerous traffic laws and showing absolutely no respect for the general motoring public,” the post said.
In addition to the traffic charges, “Facebook screenshots show him displaying or trying to sell or trade weapons.” Possessing weapons might be legal in some situations – but not if you’re a convicted felon like Mr. Rogel. The charges are not Mr. Rogel’s first run-in with the Rankin County Sheriff’s office. He previously notified the office that somebody had stolen his handgun and cash from his vehicle.
The following account sums up Mr. Rogel’s driving experience. (Hey, some accounts just speak for themselves.)
“It’s a little bumpy but this car eats it up,” he said.
About three minutes into the video, the man says he’s being pulled over by a cop.
“I didn’t even do anything,” he says. “We got two cops, uh oh. This might be the time somebody might have made a call. Oh sh**, three cops. Three cops, yep, they’re fixin’ to take me to jail. Christina, get your bail money ready.”
Adding to Mr. Rogel’s misery, when he arrived home, law enforcement was searching his house. In addition to the traffic charges, Mr. Rogel was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless driving. Officials also seized the vehicle he was seen driving in the YouTube video so they could download “data from the vehicle’s on-board computer.”
At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, we handle all types of criminal cases and traffic charges – even ones that seem unwinnable because defendants incriminate themselves. The prosecution must prove each of the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. We negotiate fair plea agreements and try cases before juries. To learn what defenses you have and what rights you can assert, call an Annapolis criminal defense lawyer at Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, at 410.777.8103, or fill out my contact form to set up an appointment. Justice means justice for defendants too.
Just remember: Keep Calm – and Call Drew.