How a Fitness Device Could Lead to a Jury Verdict

by William Mattar | January 13th, 2016

Most of us know by now that personal accounts, like Facebook and Twitter, are not very personal at all. But did you know other devices, such as fitness gear, can be used as evidence in a courtroom? In his most recent audio webinar, F. David Rusin, Esq., of William Mattar law offices discussed this possibility, and other related topics including authenticating social media and email evidence, during a three-hour national presentation. In one recent case, Rusin explained a Fitbit was used as evidence to decline the prosecution of a rape claim. The device was also used to charge the alleged victim with numerous crimes pertaining to what was discovered through her fitness watch.

Fitness devices can provide an abundance of information, such as the date and time that someone may have been in a specific location. A Fitbit can even show a map of your route, the time, and the duration of an exercise. The information can be stored for your records, and it may be used as evidence at trial. If location services are enabled on your smartphone, you may not even realize that your whereabouts are out there for anyone to see.

A trial attorney for William Mattar law offices, Rusin earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School Of Law. Rusin, who has been presenting webinars for over 10 years, says, “I enjoy learning the material myself and then lecturing on it.” He will host two more webinars this spring for both lawyers and paralegals.