In an increasingly digital world, attorneys and clients often find themselves
faced with using text messages as evidence for legal proceedings. Being
able to accurately capture these messages with the correct information
is crucial to being able to use these messages in court. For text messages
to be admissible in court, you’ll need to be sure to preserve the
necessary information, such as date and time of the message, and the real
contact information of the other parties in the message, such as an email
or phone number. Saving and printing text messages for evidence can be
approached several ways.
For iPhones, iPads, and iTouch devices, you can either use a program or
a screenshot to capture the messages. To take a screenshot, merely hold
the “Sleep/Wake” and “Home” buttons down at the
same time. This an easy and free way to capture messages; however you
may have to individually capture each message and the relevant timestamps
and manually create a transcript of the messages. Another way is to use
a program, such as
Decipher TextMessage to save the messages to your computer. This is already a widely used program
by lawyers and law enforcement to preserve messages.
Similar to iOS devices, Android users can rely on an application or a screenshot
to save messages. Android models vary in the ways they capture a screen
shot. Many use the “Sleep/Wake” button and the “Volume
Down” button to be held down together, but Galaxy devices use the
“Sleep/Wake” button and “Home” button combination.
The screen should “flash” to signal a successful capture.
Similar to iPhones, you may have to manually compile a transcript of messages.
You may also wish to use an app to back up your messages. One such app is
SMS Backup +. This app will allow you to store messages in your Gmail account, and
they can be viewed and printed from any web browser.
Saving text messages as evidence doesn’t have to be difficult, with
the appropriate tools. It is important to remember to back up your messages
and other digital data regularly, as well as consult with a local lawyer
about gathering text messages as evidence.
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services can help you prepare for legal proceedings.