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Digital Forensics for Lawyers – The Electronic Commandments

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What is forensic evidence in a criminal matter. It’s a near certainty in today’s mobile culture that your criminal lawyer will need to deal with traces of digital evidence somewhere in your criminal case. In cases where information is hidden, erased or altered in some way forensics allows us to discover more information, to draw additional conclusions about existing evidence and even find new material.

It’s important to know where to find the digital bread crumbs. Each day new locations for data are created, new methods of communication, new programs designed to store, encrypt, or automatically erase critical information are deployed. But where should you look? It’s important to have a checklist that is growing all the time but includes at least the following:

  • Computers: Servers, Laptops, Desktop Computers, and Tablets
  • ISPs (Internet Service Providers). Comcast, Viacom, etc.
  • Cell Phones: Smart phones, iPhones, Android devices, Blackberries (yes, they are still in use)
  • Tablets: Android, iOS (iPads)
  • Wearables: Android glasses, Google glasses, smart watches, fitness tracking devices (e.g. fitbit)
  • Cloud providers: iCloud accounts, Google docs, Dropbox, Windows Live, Social Media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.)
  • Emails: Computer-based, mobile devices, cloud based (Gmail, etc.)

Forensic evidence may even be available from “old school” technology such as

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