VIC Criminal Investigation - Going through Victim's Laptop?

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MiizzCarmen

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Victim's laptop is needed by police for a criminal investigation to figure out if the accused has sent emails or not. What is the process to figure out where emails have came from? Will they go through everything on the computer as well?
 

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Police look at the headers on emails.

re: retaining laptop. On what basis did they obtain the laptop (given to freely examine, seized as evidence etc)?
 

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Also, FYI police can take a forensic copy of the Hard drive contents and hand the laptop back - if they have the right tools.
 
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MiizzCarmen

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Police look at the headers on emails.

re: retaining laptop. On what basis did they obtain the laptop (given to freely examine, seized as evidence etc)?
The laptop is still in the victims possession she was told to bring her evidence including laptop to the station.
 

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Ask the police what they intend to do with it and for how long before going in if the laptop is needed for use at home.
 

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Yes they can look at your whole computer.

And yes, they can take an image, or other forensic copy,
but they will probably just take the whole machine.

And if you tamper with it before they take it for examination
such as by clearing your browser history, cookies, cache, temp files, etc,
or by deleting stuff (which, let me tell you, is dead easy to recover regardless),
then that can be a problem for you later.