In my previous articles, I have discussed the importance of cell phone forensic examinations. This is an important tool that can help identify, and even obtain evidence against a cell phone user. Unfortunately, there are many people out there who are not as ethical as they should be, and use this method for the wrong reasons. This is why it is critical to pay attention to the information below, which will explain the different ways forensics can be used to help with legal issues.
One of the most common ways in which the wrong doers get away with it is through deletion of data from cellular phones. For instance, if a person has an important business transaction that they need to keep private, they can simply make a few quick erases on their phone and this will make it appear like they were never talking to anyone about the transaction in the first place. Unfortunately, a skilled private investigator can easily piece together the data that was erased, and that could mean the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge. This is why I often recommend to my clients that they seek the expertise of a cellular phone forensic expert to find deleted data.
Another way in which cell phone forensics can be used to help with legal issues is in the invasion of privacy that can occur from a stalker. For example, let’s say a parent believes that their child is being abused by another person. They can easily take their child for a ride, and then discreetly install a tracking device on their car. The next morning, the device will show that the car has been driven to a secluded area, and there will be no record of the entire occurrence. This could easily allow a predator to gain access to a private life, and quite possibly leave the child dead at the home of the parent.
Perhaps the most commonly asked question when someone asks about the use of a cellular tracking device is “how can cell phone forensics help in a criminal case?”. This is a legitimate question, because one of the primary goals of using this investigative tool is to recover deleted cell phone text messages. One major problem that many people run into is determining whether or not a message is actually deleted. Some people simply erase messages with a blank message delete key on their phone, but this is not a methodical approach. Furthermore, it is easy to punch out the number and write the message to another memory card, which means that the message will still exist on the phone. If the person in question knows the password to the memory card, they can easily reset the deletion key, taking the information with them.
To determine if a message is truly deleted, a skilled investigator will perform some basic tests. The most basic test that you can perform on a cellular tracking device is called “bouncing”. This test looks for any changes that can be caused by the deletion of an incoming message. In other words, it tries to see if the message was re-delivered into the recipient’s phone. A skilled investigator can perform both bounce tests and gravity checks, which are more complex but less intensive tests.
How can cell phone forensic examinations be used to aid any criminal case? If a private investigator has evidence of a crime, he may choose to contact the law enforcement authorities. He may also work closely with the local police, as he will have a wealth of knowledge about the command structure of the local jurisdiction. As well, the investigator has access to a wealth of databases that store information that has been erased or deleted from a cellular device.
How can cell phone forensics help in a criminal case? In many jurisdictions, the private investigator is considered to be an expert in the area of computers and criminal investigation. Computer forensics specialists are required to undergo a special certification course. The training generally takes six months and is focused on computer forensics methodology, information recovery, and the ethical and professional responsibilities associated with obtaining, preserving, and distributing electronic data.
What are your alternatives to using a private investigator? You may decide to investigate on your own and, in many cases, you will do just that. However, if you have decided to use a private investigator, you have several advantages over trying to discover the facts without professional assistance. For one thing, you won’t have to deal with a multitude of potential legal problems. Using a private investigator will ensure that your legal issues are handled professionally and appropriately.