FAQS - Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics
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FAQs

OUR DIGITAL WORLD IS VAST AND MANY-LAYERED. YOUR DIGITAL EVIDENCE MAY BE IN PLACES YOU NEVER IMAGINED.

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What is computer forensics?

Computer Forensics refers to latent digital evidence (electronic data) found on electronic media. It’s the DNA of the technology world. In computer forensics, we combine the element of law and the element of computer science to properly acquire, analyze and present electronic evidence to the courts. The primary purpose of computer forensics is to maintain the integrity of digital evidence using industry standard methodologies and procedures. Loehrs & Associates’ forensic examiners can perform computer forensics on any media that contains electronic data. Computer forensics and electronic evidence are increasingly used, and expert computer forensic testimony relied upon, in the realm of civil and criminal law.

Why would I need computer forensic services?

Any time you believe information exists on a computer or other electronic device that may be needed in litigation, you should immediately enlist the services of a forensics expert. Even if you think data has been erased or is inaccessible, talk with a computer forensics consultant to be sure. Digital evidence has made the crucial difference in legal outcomes too often to ignore.

Can you only get digital evidence from a computer or tablet?

No. A computer or tablet is only two places electronic data (digital evidence) may be found. Mobile phones, removable storage media like thumb drives and CDs, gaming consoles, digital cameras, security systems, even scanning and copy machines, are all potential sources of digital evidence.

What should I do if I think evidence exists on a computer or other electronic media?

If possible, discontinue any use of the computer or electronic device, place in a secure location and contact a Loehrs & Associates forensic examiner to obtain a forensics image as soon as possible.

Why can't my IT staff retrieve the data?

Although IT personnel (even senior IT data specialists) may be very knowledgeable about hardware and software, a forensics expert is experienced in forensics methodologies and legalities needed for the electronic evidence to hold up in court. It’s not only about finding the digital evidence, but also about following the correct procedures and requirements that courts require for the digital evidence to be considered admissible.

If the computer has already been examined by "the other side," do I need an independent forensics examination?

We strongly recommend that you always have an independent forensics examination of any digital evidence that may be at issue. While the other side may have already examined the evidence, it is likely they examined it with their desired outcome in mind, not yours. This is especially true in criminal cases where law enforcement agencies rarely examine computer data for evidence that’s favorable to the defendant (exculpatory evidence). Although we still may find evidence of wrongdoing, it is every bit as important to answer the questions of who, how, when, where and why. That’s what Loehrs & Associates specializes in discovering.

What types of legal cases does Loehrs & Associates typically work? Do you specialize in a particular category, like white-collar crime or sexual offenses?

Because computer forensics is very scientific, our expertise in forensic industry methodology and legalities applies to civil, criminal and personal matters involving electronic evidence throughout the world. Our top four categories over the last few years have primarily been white-collar crime (i.e. intellectual property theft), sexual offense (child pornography), civil litigation and violent crimes. However, our experience history includes these and others:

 

Bad Faith | Bombing | Breach of Contract | Burglary | Canned Spam Act | Child Pornography | Domestic | Dram Shop | Drug Trafficking | E-Mail Fraud | Employment | Harassment | Homicide | Intellectual Property Theft | Kidnapping | Medical Malpractice | Mortgage Fraud | Network Intrusion | Sex Trafficking | Unauthorized Use of Computer | Violating Terms of Agreement | Wire Tap

What about general data recovery? I was told my computer is fried and the information can’t be retrieved.

Luckily, that may not be the case! With apologies to seasoned IT professionals, as forensic examiners, we can often retrieve digital data that was thought inaccessible or lost. Whether it’s a computer or some other electronic media – like your mobile phone or tablet, etc. – give Loehrs & Associates a call before you give up.