There is no question that technology has changed the world we live in. The popularity of cellphones has made communication, accessing information and taking photos easier than most people likely ever imagined. Those capabilities have also changed the world of law enforcement as information contained on phones can be used be either side to build its case.
As it turns out, there is another way in which information from smartphones could impact the law enforcement realm. A Virginia teen has learned that lesson the hard way.
The 16-year-old boy is accused of stealing an iPhone from a vehicle in Virginia Beach. The owner of the phone has an iCloud account tied to it. As a result, when the teen started to take photos and videos on the phone, they began to appear on his iCloud account.
As teens are big fans of taking “selfies,” some of the photos were of the teen. After local news began to run his picture, someone identified him and he was arrested. He has been charged with entering into a motor vehicle to commit a crime and grand larceny.
It is well known that juveniles do not always make the best choices in life. When those choices result in them being arrested and charged with a crime, they are likely not prepared to deal with the situation or the consequences of a conviction. Because such consequences can have an impact for years into the future, it is vital that they have a criminal defense lawyer on their side who can work to minimize the penalties.