Technology is changing the way police investigate both misdemeanor and felony charges in West Palm Beach.
Our West Palm Beach felony criminal defense attorneys understand that law enforcement officers are lamenting the use of smartphone technology in the hands of individuals who are seeking to evade them.
The debate centers on the police scanner apps that can be downloaded onto almost any smart phone.
It’s true that ever-improving technology has given everyone – not just those deemed by law enforcement to be criminal – the access to police scanner data. That’s because police communications are transmitted over public airways, on signals that can be captured by almost anyone.
Police worried, for example, that individuals who were committing burglary under Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a federal law passed in 1986, holds that while you are allowed to use scanners in your home or at work, you can’t use them for “personal gain,” and you can’t share the information you hear with others.
And you should be warned, too, that if you do use a scanner – whether on an app or otherwise – to aid in the commission of a crime, the penalties are increased under Smartphone apps keep cops on their toes, By Don Crinklaw, The Sun-Sentinel