With the explosion of digital media and electronic devices, electronic discovery has become a major player in court cases, from civil to criminal. Often electronic evidence can be the determining factor in a case’s outcome. As such, you want to have a computer forensics expert witness as part of your case presentation. Effective, expert testimony can mean the difference between winning or losing your case.
What Does a Digital Forensics Expert Witness Have to Offer?
- Impartial examination of your case – A digital forensics expert witness will approach your case with an open mind, drawing results and conclusions based on evidence instead of preconceived notions.
- Correct acquisition of electronic evidence – There are specific protocols and procedures that must be followed during a forensic examination, otherwise you run the risk of spoliation. Computer forensic expert witnesses have the tools necessary (both hardware and software) to maintain the evidence’s integrity. If the eDiscovery was conducted by someone else, they can testify whether the eDiscovery was conducted properly.
- Analyzing the evidence and reporting findings – The eDiscovery process covers collecting, processing and reviewing electronically stored information (ESI). This includes evidence that may be overlooked by a less experienced investigator. The collection process may produce mountains of evidence when you are only looking for a specific molehill. A digital forensics expert witness can sort through the evidence collected and identify the ESI that is pertinent to your case. They will also boil down the results into a report that can be understood by both the litigator and the jury, avoiding unnecessary tech talk that can complicate and confuse the presentation of the evidence.
- Effective communication – Jurors are a naturally suspicious lot. They will certainly have questions about how the evidence was gathered, why the information should be trusted, and so on. The computer forensics expert witness needs to be both knowledgeable and personable: someone who can demonstrate expertise while still being approachable. They should be able to explain evidence in a way jurors will understand. They should also be able to contribute to exhibits and demonstratives that will help enhance juror understanding and retention.
- Effective use of time and money – Some attorneys try to handle eDiscovery themselves. But if it is a detailed case, or you are unfamiliar with eDiscovery, this can eat up valuable time that could be spent on case preparation. You also may not have the tools and equipment necessary for a thorough examination. A computer forensics expert witness can complete the task quickly and efficiently, delivering reliable and trustworthy results.
Digital Forensics Expert Witnesses from Precise
Precise’s team of professionals can help you with every aspect of your case, from collecting evidence to creating demonstratives to providing courtroom testimony. If you are looking for a computer forensics expert witness for your case, contact us today at 866-277-3247.