The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a digital crime lab recently in Orange County, according to an article in The Los Angeles Times. The lab is designed to allow investigators to analyze evidence from devices like computers, cell phones, and other digital sources. It’s the third crime lab in California and the fifteenth in the nation to focus on electronic evidence.
According to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, the Orange County lab is merely another step in the FBI’s attempts to stay ahead of those who are increasingly using the Internet and computers of various kinds both to commit and to cover up criminal activity. The lab particularly focuses on cases involving fraud, public corruption, gang activity, and terrorism.
The computer lab shares space and staff with the Orange County forensic science lab, which allows investigators at both the state and federal levels to compare notes more easily, according to the district attorney’s office. Both the Orange County district attorney and the FBI hope that the lab will allow them to bring charges more quickly against those they believe are committing computer-related crimes.
The use of computers and the Internet has the potential to complicate criminal cases in terms of investigation, evidence, and other important aspects of legal proceedings. If you’ve been charged with a computer crime in California, please don’t hesitate to contact experienced Orange County computer crime defense lawyer Maltaise Cini. Ms. Cini’s experience with computer-related crimes and her careful attention to the details of your case allow her to fight hard for the best possible outcome. For a confidential consultation, call Maltaise Cini today at 949-660-1389.