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Is Your Smartphone Going to Testify Against You in Court? (Pt 1)

You phone knows a heck of a lot about you – probably way more than you realized!

Michigan people joke that their smartphones are smarter than them. That they wouldn’t be able to remember important dates (like their anniversary) if it weren’t for their phones. Or that if they didn’t have their cell phones handy they’ve get lost the moment they left homes. And there’s a lot of truth to those statements. We rely heavily on our devices to store information that we don’t remember, to remind us of important times and dates, and help us get around from place to place. However, there’s a price we pay for all that convenience, and it’s this: privacy.

Your phone knows a lot more than you think about you!

Stop and think about it. No, really… think about it. Your phone counts your steps, in some cases monitors your vital signs. It knows what time you go to bed and when you wake up, where you work in Lansing, shop in Kalamazoo, and hang out in Detroit. It knows how you like to spend your money, what kind of vacations you dream about, and who your friends and family members are. Sounds all too Orwellian for you? Consider how much personal info you share over social media, and with apps on your phone. And then there’s the issue of your geolocation data…

Your phone knows where you’ve been…

Have you ever logged into your phone’s settings, and had a look at the geolocation data your phone collects? It’ll blow your mind. (And that includes those of you who’ve disabled your phone’s ability to show you your own geolocation history, or share it with other apps. Because that doesn’t matter.) Disabling your geolocation data may mean your phone can’t show you that data any more, but it still tracks it and broadcasts it. How do we know that? Because the law says it has to. U.S. law requires that your cell phone not only track your location, but also that it broadcast that data to within a precision of 30 feet or closer.

This is why a good criminal defense attorney matters so much.

Geolocation is a double edged sword. It can be really good for you, and really bad, depending on what you’re trying to use it for. If you’re innocent and the cops are accusing you of robbing a certain bank in Lansing, and your geolocation data says you were in Midland that entire day, it can be really helpful. However, if you really were in Lansing that day, and your phone can prove you were somewhere really close by at the time of the robbery, it could go very badly for you. So that’s where a really good defense attorney comes in.

We understand the pros and cons of high tech evidence

Because the criminal defense attorneys at The Kronzek Firm have been defending the accused right here in Michigan for a quarter of a century, we know exactly how tricky this kind of evidence can be. We know how to use this evidence to help build a strong defense, and how to fight it when it’s being used against you. So if you’re being accused of a crime, regardless of where in MIchigan it was supposed to have happened, make sure you call us at 866 766 5245 (866 7No Jail). Our highly skilled defense attorneys are very, very good at what we do. And if you’re fighting for your future and your freedom, then that’s exactly what you need. The right attorney is critical. Our criminal defense team is available 24 / 7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. We can help you!

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