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Can Police or Prosecutors Get into Your iPhone in a Criminal Case?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ. | Feb 11, 2021

The answer to this question is an interesting one.  Usually, iPhones have pretty good technology, where unless they have your passcode, the police and prosecutors cannot get into your iPhone.

So, they can get a search warrant, which they are required to do if they want to search your iPhone, but most of the time they are not able to do that.

An iPhone typically, does not and has not cooperated with them as far as allowing them to search an iPhone related to a criminal case in Los Angeles.

New Technology to Extract Information

However, recently, I'm seeing technology in a lot of these cases where there are private companies that have programs and software to be able to take the sim card out of the iPhone and extract certain information from that.

Can Police or Prosecutors Get into Your iPhone in a Criminal Case?
Police and prosecutors can't normally get access to information in your iPhone.

In addition, they can also plug into your power source on the iPhone and extract most, if not all, of the information for text messaging and other related data. Right now, the defense, at least from my standpoint, is challenging this because the question becomes:

  • how do we know that the program that they're using to extract the information is reliable and accurate?
  • how do we know it gets all of the information?

That is one of the biggest issues that I see from a defense standpoint as far as cellphone evidence goes related to extracting data from an iPhone.

Most of the time, I've seen problems with them getting that information and a lot of times they go after it unless they feel they really need it and it's a very serious case.

Even when they do go after it depending on what brand of iPhone you're talking about, there may be some other issues related to that.

Criminal Defense for California Crimes

So, if you or a loved one is charged with a criminal case in Los Angeles, there's iPhone evidence there that they're trying to use against that person.

Or your concerned that they're going to try to take information off your iPhone that could incriminate you, you definitely need an attorney.

I've been doing this almost 30 years.  I've worked for the DA's office.  I've worked for a Superior Court Judge, and since 1994.

I've been a private criminal defense attorney — one of the top in Los Angeles.

I'm looking forward to meeting you.  Pick up the phone if you need help with a criminal case.  Ask for a meeting with Ronald Hedding.

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About the Author

Ronald D. Hedding, ESQ.

Ronald D. Hedding, Esq., is the founding member of the Hedding Law Firm. Mr. Hedding has an extensive well-rounded legal background in the area of Criminal Law. He has worked for the District Attorney's Office, a Superior Court Judge, and as the guiding force behind the Hedding Law Firm. His multi-faceted experience sets Mr. Hedding apart and puts him in an elite group of the best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Southern California.