How Delaware Officials Investigate Computer Crimes
There was a time when law enforcement lacked the knowledge, tools, and experience to effectively pursue computer crimes, but the resources available to investigators are now quite robust. Despite the efforts and innovations used by hackers, police are making more arrests than ever for violations of Delaware statutes on Computer-Related Offenses. Officers are developing investigative strategies that are in tune with the status of today’s technology, equipment, the internet, and telecommunications networks.
When it comes to computer crimes, the nature of the offense often means that a potential defendant may not be aware of an investigation. Authorities hope to gather evidence behind the scenes and not alert a suspect to their presence, as the government needs solid proof to arrest AND to convict. You should get in touch with a Wilmington computer crimes defense lawyer right away if you have concerns, but some information on law enforcement investigations is useful.
Officials will receive a request to probe someone, usually based upon allegations or a complaint reported by a computer crimes victim. The initial investigation phase focuses on learning about the individuals or group involved, the scheme itself, and losses to victims.
Planning the Investigation
The probe continues by gathering a team and holding a meeting where authorities develop a framework for gathering evidence. Important factors at this stage include:
- Identifying potential suspects for arrest;
- Determining the specific counts for the computer crimes;
- Evaluating what files, records, or communications must be accessed and assessed;
- Assigning investigative tasks/
Collecting and Analyzing Information
The degree of complexity varies, but investigators typically start gathering evidence from allies in the criminal justice community, i.e., federal, state, and local agencies, law enforcement and related government agencies. Officials may also collect details from:
- Former employers;
- Credit bureaus;
- Friends, neighbors, and acquaintances; and,
- Your social media profile.
Police may reach out to individuals having knowledge about a computer crimes scheme to get additional information. Many of these offenses arise out of the employment relationship, so keep in mind that your manager, supervisor, and co-workers may be called for an interview. Officers will have access to system documentation, data files, documents, applications, and many other details that could be used to make an arrest and in court.
Presenting the Case in Court
At times, the information officials collect during their investigation will be used in connection with grand jury proceedings. Members of the grand jury will be asked to weigh the evidence and determine if there is sufficient proof of a crime. Plus, these details could be used by the prosecutor to prove guilt at trial.
Consult with a Delaware Computer Crimes Defense Attorney About Options
It is helpful to know how police investigate computer crimes so you can protect your interests prior to arrest, but retaining legal counsel is critical if you are facing charges. To learn about our legal services in the area of criminal defense, please contact Attorney Michael W. Modica. You can set up a consultation at our Wilmington, DE office by calling 302.600.1262 or visiting our website.