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The crossroads of technology and criminal defense

On Behalf of | May 8, 2024 | Criminal Defense

In today’s world, technology plays an important role in many aspects of people’s lives, including the realm of criminal justice. From surveillance cameras to DNA analysis, technology advancements have impacted how crimes are investigated and prosecuted.

While these changes affect many areas of criminal justice, the impact on criminal defense is worth exploring.

Evidence gathering and analysis

Technology is becoming more important in criminal defense, especially when collecting and analyzing evidence. Text messages, emails, and social media posts can be useful in building a defense case. Tools like DNA testing and digital fingerprinting can also help prove a defendant’s innocence.

DNA testing can precisely match genetic material from a crime scene, and digital fingerprinting can clearly identify a person. Both of these tools can help prove someone’s innocence.

Digital forensics

Digital forensics is another aspect of technology in criminal defense. By searching computers and smartphones, professionals can find deleted files, check internet searches and follow digital messages. All of this can help prove someone’s innocence or make it challenging for the other side to establish blame.

Surveillance technology

Digital surveillance includes traditional methods like security cameras, but also newer approaches like facial recognition and GPS. These newer methods leverage complex algorithms and data analysis to identify individuals based on facial features or track their movements with pinpoint accuracy. By using these ways of watching, defense teams can find evidence to challenge what the other side is saying or prove someone’s location.

As technology advances, it offers unique opportunities for gathering evidence and strengthening criminal defense strategies. Navigating these advancements thoughtfully helps ensure that the application of technology is done accurately and equitably.


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