Effective presentation of the final product is also very important. If the report or demonstrative exhibits are hard to understand, the effectiveness of the analysis and ultimate findings and conclusions is lost to some degree (or perhaps entirely). We produce a slide deck with brief, concise explanations of what will be shown in the deck and a step-by-step breakdown of each call and its associated location data. We also provide animations in the slide deck to illustrate where the device was leading up to, during and after the time of the incident. As appropriate, we will provide concise conclusions, utilizing the record and the available testimony of the claimant. This proves extremely effective in presenting the findings of the analysis to judges, juries and/or opposing counsel. We’re proud to say that one Virginia Prosecutor recently referred to our final product in his case(yes, we also work for the prosecution) as “the Gold Standard” after having retained Pro Digital for a serious felony case, and subsequently using both state and federal resources for other cases.
Wrapping It Up
The effective use of cellular records analysis and mapping in civil insurance claims and investigations is simply building a better mousetrap. Sometimes in these cases, hundreds or thousands of man-hours go into investigation and proving or disproving the claimant’s statements and ultimately, the claim itself. By taking the proper steps to preserve, request, analyze and present these records and the conclusions they help lead us to, we save time and money. The best part about these records is the account-holder and claimant doesn’t have access to them. They are pure evidence, directly from the cellular provider and only available through subpoena. How often do you get evidence to that level of purity in your cases?Author:
Patrick J. Siewert
Professional Digital Forensic Consulting, LLC
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About the Author:
Patrick Siewert is the Principal Consultant of Pro Digital Forensic Consulting, based in Richmond, Virginia. In 15 years of law enforcement, he investigated hundreds of high-tech crimes, incorporating digital forensics into the investigations, and was responsible for investigating some of the highest jury and plea bargain child exploitation investigations in Virginia court history. Patrick is a graduate of SCERS, BCERT, the Reid School of Interview & Interrogation and multiple online investigation schools (among others). He is a Cellebrite Certified Operator and Physical Analyst as well as certified in cellular call detail analysis & mapping. He continues to hone his digital forensic expertise in the private sector while growing his consulting & investigation business marketed toward litigators, professional investigators and corporations, while keeping in touch with the public safety community as a Law Enforcement Instructor.