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Seizure of Electronic Evidence

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Note: Ensure Officer Safety

1. Determine The Computer’s Role

Is the computer contraband or fruits of the crime?

Is the computer system a tool of the offense?

Is the computer system instrumental to the offense and a storage device for evidence?

2. Essential Information

Is there probable cause to seize hardware?

Is there probable cause to seize software?

Is there probable cause to seize data?

3. Preparing For the Search and / or Seizure

Use appropriate collection techniques so as not to alter or destroy evidence

Forensic examination of the system completed by expert personnel

4. Conducting the Search and / or Seizure

Preserve area for potential fingerprints

Immediately restrict access to computer(s)

• Isolate from phone lines


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