Many people have set up dashcams in their vehicles to protect themselves from accident liability. Some dashcams also end up recording police interactions or even video evidence of crimes being committed. What happens if yours collects this type of audio or video? Can the police use this evidence?
In short, yes, the police can seize your dashcam and footage. They will likely ask you to give it to them. If you refuse, they may go a step further and obtain a warrant to seize the evidence. In the most severe cases, the police have the right to seize your dashcam immediately if they believe it has recorded a crime and that the footage is at risk of being deleted if left in your possession.
In some cases, the recorded evidence will absolve you of guilt. In other cases, though, it may show guilt. In either situation, the police do have ways to access it and use it in trial.
Though the police may be able to obtain your dashcam footage, they do not have the right to delete any video or audio recordings.
Is Getting a Dashcam Worth The Risk?
Getting a dashcam may provide you with more protection than risk.
With a dashcam, you could collect:
- Evidence supporting an accident claim
- Alibi evidence
- Evidence of your innocence in connection to a crime
- Police misconduct
For example, your dashcam may collect evidence showing the police illegally searched your vehicle. This can be crucial evidence in a drug case.
Daytona Beach Criminal Defense
If you believe that your dashcam has collected incriminating evidence against you, or on the contrary, believe that your dashcam recording can help your defense case, the team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can help you determine your next best steps. If you’re facing criminal charges in Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami, contact us today.