Seizure of Electronic Evidence
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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