Advanced technologies have provided law enforcement many tools to investigate crimes, among them video surveillance, GPS devices, cellphones and even Fitbits that were originally intended as a fitness and health motivator for users.
A comparatively newer technology, Fitbit has been crucial to a solving a number of crimes, including homicides where Fitbit timeline and location data helped point to a suspect who might have otherwise escaped charges.
Fitbit bracelets worn on a person’s body not only pinpoint exact locations and time, they also document heart rate, sleeping patterns and physical exertion which may provide clues to law enforcement trying to narrow down when, where, and perhaps ‘who done it’ when investigating a crime.
Although the privacy of information is taken for granted by many, the reality is that many privacy policies of tech companies such as Fitbit comply with legal processes, including search warrants and court orders when they share data with law enforcement.
That means that the daily use of Fitbit as well as other technologies can provide an expansive collection of evidence in criminal cases, sometimes resulting in dire consequences for the accused.
If charged with a crime, it is very important to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The use of digital information has created widespread challenges in legal proceedings as the courts decide how to properly authenticate computer generated information and digital images and determine their admissibility as evidence, so a number of defenses are often available to those facing charges.
Contact the Waukesha criminal defense Law Offices of Andrew C. Ladd LLC for help today if you are facing criminal charges for theft crimes, violent crimes such as assault or homicide, drug or weapons charges. Call 262-542-3900 to schedule a free consultation of your case or email us to get started.