Technology has become a staple of the modern world. In the United States, you can’t throw a stone without hitting someone speaking on a smartphone. Most people have computers at home, or access to public computers at the library. People even carry around technology on their bodies, such as wireless headphones or smart watches. Most of this technology also developed over the past 20 to 30 years, meaning their users are new to the repercussions of using it. What may look like a benign piece of useful technology to one person can be an incredibly useful tool in proving a point to another.
Law enforcement, for example, has begun using technology to convict criminals for various crimes. By hacking a person’s computer, for instance, many law enforcement officers have caught child pornography purveyors and users. Along similar lines, they have used the Internet to lure potential child molesters into traps.
The police have even used pieces of technology to convict murderers. In one Connecticut case, a 40-year-old man was charged with the alleged murder of his wife. Law enforcement found electronic evidence that included data from her Fitbit fitness tracker. Likewise, police found evidence from his laptop, his wife’s Facebook, and her Fitbit that contradicted his testimony regarding his inability from stopping an alleged intruder from shooting and killing his wife.
Technology has been continually integrated into criminal proceedings, from DNA evidence to GPS technology. While this advancement in the criminal justice system has also reduced the number of false convictions, it has also made evidence much more convincing for the jury.
If you’re facing criminal charges, make sure to call our skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Joseph R. Donahue, LLC is a firm whose lawyers are dedicated and passionate advocates for the preservation of our client’s rights and interests. We provide courteous, highly responsive service tailored to fit your particular case. Our founding attorney also served as a former prosecutor, so he has a thorough understanding of how the opposition thinks. Let us evaluate your case and give you advice regarding your best choice of action. Our goal is always to do what is in the client’s best interests. If we can’t get your case dismissed or acquitted, then we will do our best to minimize any criminal consequences through all possible legal means.
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