skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 228245 Find in a Library
Title: Examining Cellular Phones and Handheld Devices
Journal: Forensic Magazine  Volume:6  Issue:4  Dated:August/September 2009  Pages:12,14,16
Author(s): Don L. Lewis
Date Published: September 2009
Page Count: 4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the challenges facing law enforcement in the examination of cellular phones and handheld devices.
Abstract: Today, cellular phones and handheld devices are found everywhere. These handheld devices can be as complex as small computers with their many capabilities. These capabilities can provide a wealth of information to law enforcement. However, like all forms of evidence, handheld devices require certain precautions to preserve their value for an investigation. In addition, like computer evidence, it is necessary to have proper legal authority to conduct a forensic examination of cellular phones and handheld devices. Due to the volume of different handheld models, firmware releases, and service providers, the examination of cellular phones and handheld devices can be a challenging process. This article discusses considerations for law enforcement in the handling and analysis of these devices.
Main Term(s): Telecommunications equipment
Index Term(s): Data analysis; Evidence identification; Evidence preservation; Telephone equipment; Transmitters-receivers
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.