AVM Technology offers our computer forensics expert services to corporations, government agencies, small businesses, attorneys, law firms, private investigators, and individuals. Some important cases that our computer forensics experts handle include hard drive examination, criminal investigation and criminal defense, domestic relations (including divorce and child custody cases), data recovery, litigation services (including discovering hidden and deleted data), mobile phone examinations, and more.
Our computer forensics experts are trained in the acquisition, preservation, handling, analysis, and presentation of electronically stored or digital evidence. Our approach and qualifications as Virginia computer forensics experts will also prove to be of assistance to businesses and individuals in civil or criminal litigation. From a civil perspective, a victim of computer trespass (or computer hacking) may utilize our services to track down the culprit. Whether the unauthorized access came from a former employee, a business competitor, or even a former spouse, we may help the corporation or law firm to track down those responsible.
A computer forensics expert can also assist individuals accused of computer crimes. Whether the individual is accused of hacking, computer trespass, computer fraud, use of a computer to solicit a police officer posing as a minor, or the alleged possession of illegal pornography, our expertise can be critical in formulating a competent strategy. We can assist your attorney in understanding the many issues where digital evidence will come into play. We may assist businesses, law firms, agencies, and individuals in all aspects of the collection, forensic analysis, forensic examination, preservation, and presentation of digital evidence. From the initial acquisition to the presentation phase, we can provide expert Virginia computer forensics analysis.
Some of our services include:
Computer Evidence Acquisition
We offer Virginia computer forensics expert consultation services regarding search and seizure procedures, search warrants issues related to issues involving digital evidence. We also assist in acquiring electronic data on site and securing it to ensure a proper chain of custody and admissibility.
Forensic Analysis of Digital Evidence
- Creating forensic images of computer hard drives, digital media, etc.
- Assisting in defeating computer passwords. A company may require this in order to enforce policies and recover data.
- Keyword searches on digital media for terms of interest during computer forensic investigation
- Recovery of documents, photos, financial spreadsheets, etc.
- Recovery and analysis of user Internet use, browsing history, and searches.
- Recovery of e-mail, e-mail attachments, or other data
- Cell-phone, smart phone, iPod, iPad, tablet computer evidence recovery and analysis
A Virginia computer forensics expert may even assist in recovering and analyzing data that has been deleted from the hard drive, Android phone, Iphone, smart phone or digital media. We also offer disaster recovery services to save data from a crashed computer, whether the crash was accidental or malicious.
Presentation of Evidence and Expert trial testimony
Some questions that we frequently hear from our clients:
What is computer forensics?
Computer Forensics can be defined as the discovery process where data and metadata are analyzed and interpreted to reconstruct events. Metadata is data about the data. Sometimes metadata is not plainly visible, but generally is of utmost importance and every effort must be made to recover, analyze, and understand it. As businesses have transitioned from keeping documents and records on paper to electronic storage, the field of computer forensics has grown in importance. These days, computer forensics, electronic discovery, and electronic evidence analysis and investigation are a critical part of litigation, both civil and criminal. The retrieval of evidence maintained in electronic storage is critical in order to reconstruct the events that occurred and the actions of the parties. A significant portion of this electronic evidence may be hidden or obscured, whether by the nature of the technology or by the actions of an individual, corporation, or law enforcement.
Is electronic evidence contained only in computers?
No. As the use of “smart” devices becomes more common, the number of devices that may contain electronic evidence has expanded. Electronic evidence is frequently found in computer networks (network forensics), Internet and cloud storage (Internet forensics), hard drives, external storage devices, tablet computers, iPads, PDA's, and cell phones, including Android phones, iPhone, Blackberry, Windows phone, and others.
What type of cases require the services of a computer forensics expert?
It is hard to think of any cases where the involvement of a competent computer forensics expert is not justified. If data stored in a computer network, the Internet, hard drives, pen drives, tablet computers, or smartphones can be relevant to the case, only a competent computer forensics expert can forensically extract this data in a matter that preserves the data and its admissibility. The e-Discovery process is important in both civil and criminal cases. This process involves the investigation of computer systems or other electronic devices to determine whether the system was used for illegal, unauthorized, or other legally actionable activities. The data recovered from these devices can be used as evidence in various types of civil and criminal cases, for example Intellectual Property disputes, sexual harassment cases, labor disputes, employment cases, divorce, child custody, computer hacking, use of business property for personal use, Internet sexual crime cases (such as possession of child pornography or solicitation of a minor), RICO violations, and others.
What is the role of the computer forensics expert?
A computer forensics expert may be retained as an expert witness if the engagement results in court testimony. The computer forensics expert may also serve the role of litigation support. In that capacity, the computer forensics expert recovers, identifies, preserves, investigates, and presents the information maintained in electronic storage. The result of the computer forensics expert's findings could be critical in formulating a litigation strategy. In this capacity, AVM Technology stands out from other computer forensics experts. With our litigation experience both from a legal and technical perspective, we can assist attorneys and parties in planning the case and identifying the best possible presentation of the evidence discovered by the computer forensics expert. Sometimes this role may involve an AVM Technology computer forensics expert testimony, or our consultation in deciding whether it is appropriate to settle a case.
AVM Technology utilizes both commercial our own custom proprietary tools to facilitate the process of data recovery , reconstruction of events, and analyze data. The data can be contained in electronic storage in computer files, emails, audio, and the Internet. We assist the litigation effort by presenting complex technical subjects in a condensed and coherent format that can be used by an attorney to prepare the case and also be understood by a lay jury.
Given our legal experience, we have the required expertise to ensure that we recover the electronically stored evidence in a sound forensic manner. A faulty recovery process can otherwise cause the electronically recovered evidence to be inadmissible in court. It is important to find the evidence but it is just as important for the computer forensics expert to recover the evidence in a way that preserves its admissibility. Our testifying and non-testifying litigation support expertise includes, without limitation:
Drafting an Electronic Discovery Protocol, reconstruct the use of a computer or other electronic device, including the Internet history, describe a time line of events, identify and address spoliation of evidence, retrieve and reconstruct files, e-mails, and important computer activity logs, open password protected and encrypted files by defeating the passwords, create a repository of the electronically stored evidence, maintain and document the chain of custody, find files and data even when the data has been deleted or concealed, locate important hidden financial documents, reconstruct phone logs, including calls and text messages, computer forensics expert witness testimony, and computer forensics expert witness rebuttal (counter-forensics expert).
An important part of the computer forensics expert's role during the litigation process involves identifying devices that may contain electronically stored information relevant to the claims or defenses of the parties to the case. During the litigation discovery process, each side must produce documents that contain specific search terms or search parameters. AVM Technology's expertise in both law and Information Technology provides us with unique expertise in identifying, preserving, and analyzing storage devices containing evidence within a network that could be home based or located in a business environment. AVM Technology's specialized knowledge of the arrangement of data and metadata (data about data) assists the legal team and the attorney in propounding effective electronic document requests (whether interrogatories or requests for production of documents) as well as verifying compliance by the opposing party. Sometimes an AVM Technology computer forensics expert may testify in Court during a hearing regarding a Motion to Compel. Our role during the litigation process will also include validating the evidence obtained during the computer forensics investigation and during the discovery process. Often, evidence obtained from the opposing party may need to be analyzed and examined competently to ensure that spoliation has not occurred. During our data collection process, an AVM Technology computer forensics expert creates forensic copies of all evidence to ensure preservation up to the trial and beyond. We utilize commercial and custom computer forensic software and tools that have been accepted and validated by the courts. This ensures that the data obtained by the computer forensics expert is admissible at trial.
We provide expert computer forensics services throughout the United States, from Virginia to New York, California, Texas, Maryland, Washington D.C., and more.
Virginia Specific Services:
Some of the areas in Virginia where we offer our services include:
Expert computer forensics services throughout Virginia, including: Henrico County VA, Richmond City, Chesterfield County VA, Hanover County VA, Petersburg County VA, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Hopewell, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Quantico, Virginia Beach VA, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania VA, Hampton Roads, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, Amelia, Powhatan, Goochland, Louisa, Manassas VA, Woodbridge, Charles City, James City, Gloucester, Tidewater, Portsmouth, Shenandoah, Prince George, Sussex, New Kent, West End of Richmond, Glen Allen, Federal Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond, Alexandria, Norfolk, and Newport News Divisions)