Your cell phone is a tracking device

Aiken O’Halloran and Foley
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June 2018

They know where you have been

• Most people don’t have a clue that the cell phone in their pocket is a tracking device. The Supreme Court this week decided a case that requires the police to get a search warrant to get the tracking location information from your provider. The problem is, the police have been doing this for years without a warrant. That is how they put suspects at the scene of a murder, a hit and run, a burglary or a robbery. The cell phone companies know your every move and the police know they can get the information from the cell phone companies.

As a Ft. Myers criminal defense lawyer, in many of my serious cases, I learned that the detectives have gotten this information. How they obtained it may have been illegal or improper and the new Supreme Court opinion will help us in defending cases that involve cell phone data. Some of the departments have been getting search warrants, and some have not.

In a Charlotte county case, a few years back, they put my client at the scene of an aggravated battery by using cell phone tracking data. They claimed that he made a call to an old girlfriend who was in bed with someone else while he standing outside the house. That type of information and evidence is damaging. The jury found him not guilty anyway on other grounds, but the fact that the police can put a person at the scene of a crime with cell phone tracking data hurts.

The Cape Coral police routinely use cell phone tracking data to put people at the scene of a drug deal,a robbery or a sexual assault. If you are texting or talking on the phone while driving, and hit someone and take off, they can put you at the scene at that very moment if they have your cell phone data. Big Brother really does know where you are, and law enforcement has a fantastic tool to really build a solid case. If you are under investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s department or detectives from the Cape Coral, Leheigh or the City of Ft. Myers, talk to a good criminal defense lawyer before making any statement.

Keep your mouth shut and lawyer up. It may only be a matter of time until the police come knocking if they get your cell phone information. It is a lot easier to talk to a lawyer before you are arrested.