Seizure of e-mail, electronic communications a critical issue for South Florida defense attorneys

Search and seizure of e-mails from homes or businesses in the Miami area and throughout South Florida has become an increasing issue in white-collar criminal cases.

This is the fourth blog in a four-part series on South Florida computer crime. Last week, our Miami criminal defense lawyers examined computer intrusion and the damage caused by malicious computer hackers or those engaged in corporate espionage or the theft of trade secrets.

Instances of government overreaching have grown astronomically since the passage of the Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorism attacks. Just this week, Salon published a report regarding the U.S. Department of Justice’s quest for all e-mails sent or received using numerous Yahoo accounts, despite the lack of a warrant or other disclosed probable cause.

The advent of e-mail and other forms of electronic communication, including text messages, has come with a substantial risk to businesses. These paper trails can last for decades and securing your internal business communications can be vital to protecting your rights. High-profile cases of prosecutions involving electronic communications are plentiful; last year, Detroit’s Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was jailed and removed from office after text messages with a female staffer proved he perjured himself during a sex-scandal investigation.

If you are facing the search or seizure of electronic communications in South Florida, contacting a Miami criminal defense attorney experienced in handling computer crime is a vital step toward protecting your rights, your freedom and your livelihood.