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Keeping up with technology to support your felony defense

If you stand accused of a crime, you will want a tight case that works in your favor. Modern technology can provide a framework to help you win.

Today, the legal system utilizes a wide variety of technological innovations, and experienced criminal defense attorneys must keep abreast of advancements.

Emboldening criminals

From the latest in internet capabilities to the newest state-of-the-art weapons, emerging technology helps criminals commit ever-more sophisticated crimes. As a result, investigators, police officers, attorneys and others who work within the country’s legal system must keep current on the advancements.

Assisting law enforcement

An incredible amount of data emerges each day throughout the world; as much as 2.5 quintillion bytes. Law enforcement personnel in the United States utilize as much data as possible to match people with information about their criminal history. FBI Director Christopher Wray supports law enforcement agencies in using the National Incident-Based Reporting System, or NIBRS, to obtain a more comprehensive view of data reporting. Today, law enforcement professionals also use drones, GPS and license plate scanning technology and surveillance camera and gunshot technology, the latter of which provides shooting location maps.

Committing to a successful defense

Technological advancements used in criminal defense cases provide defendants with as much leverage as possible. Scientific evidence can challenge a charge or strengthen a position, whichever approach works to achieve success. For example, DNA evidence has become increasingly effective in cases involving drugs, murder or sex crimes. A thorough investigation is essential, and bringing in professionals with expertise in certain areas of technology is not uncommon. It is important to pursue any avenues to key facts, forensic evidence and hidden information that may be of value to a criminal case. Technology may aid a criminal undertaking, but the latest advancements are much more available to those who focus on obtaining the most favorable outcome possible for defendants accused of criminal activity.

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