Technology and Search Warrants
A search warrant may be issued to search and/or seize property which is considered relevant to your domestic violence case. However, search and seizure laws have lagged behind the development of technology. Your King County domestic violence defense attorney will work to keep any material that was seized improperly out of evidence.
Judges used to regard computers as mere filing cabinets of information. However, as we all know they are much more than that, especially today. Individuals access bank accounts, have private email accounts and social networking sites all on their computers. Because sensitive, personal material that may be irrelevant to your case may be on computer, any search warrant that is issued should specify the files that are allowed to be seized. Your King County domestic violence defense attorney will work to keep any information otherwise obtained from your computer out of evidence.
Information Gathering Devices
Certain devices have been used in the past to keep track of a defendant’s activities, etc. Such sense-enhancing devices pose a legal problem, however. Traditional search warrants were restricted to particular areas and files relevant to a case. As with computer searches, information gathering devices may improperly monitor individuals, and thus numerous states have begun to restrict their use. In essence, whether the use of such devices constitutes a proper search depends on several factors:
- If the technology is available to the general public
- The extent of the information gleaned
- Whether the information could only be gathered through the use of the device
Call for Legal Assistance
If you are facing charges, call King County domestic violence defense attorney for a consultation today.