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Drug Dealer's Fingerprints Lifted From Photos on WhatsApp

A cell phone might be a cop's new best friend.

It can't do what a police dog does, like sniff out evidence or chase down a suspect. But a cell phone can bust criminals as fast as they can snap a selfie.

Fools incriminate themselves by vanity all the time. A new twist in technology, however, shows how some drug dealers should have kept their hands away from the cell phone.

When it comes to lawyering on the go, the smartphone changed the game, even for those luddite lawyers. However, for the luddites and those attorneys that haven't decided to go all in on a pricey enterprise solution, or a full fledged case management system that they can access from the mobile web or an app, starting slow is a good idea and can be as simple as downloading a few really helpful free apps.

From increasing your own productivity, to impressing clients with your practical and pragmatic use of technology, smartphones can make lawyering much easier. Below, you'll find the three best apps for today's lawyer on the go. (FWIW, FindLaw has no relationship to any of the below-mentioned apps).

There sure are a whole lot of legal tech apps out there these days. From being able to manage your entire practice from the palm of your hand to simply turning client docs into usable PDFs without a giant high-quality scanning machine, the smartphone has revolutionized the mobile and small firm lawyer's life.

And while lawyers may not have a reputation for being the most tech savvy bunch of professionals, legal consumers have certainly shown a willingness to dive right in to legal tech. The legal chatbots, and other online apps and services geared towards improving the access to justice have seen quite a bit of success. For some practitioners, all these new legal apps have created a new problem, legal consumers are coming to them with specific questions and half done legal work.

In response to a letter from, and meeting with, the ABA, the Department of Homeland Security has released revised guidelines when it comes to border agents searching the electronic devices of lawyers that contain privileged information.

The whole warrantless border searches of electronic devices controversy has been brewing for some time now. And while regular folks, even journalists and high powered business execs, may be all but defenseless when a CBP agent demands to search their electronic devices at the border, thanks to the ABA, lawyers have a new tool to at least defend themselves: bureaucratic inconvenience and paperwork. Unfortunately, the details are much less comforting.

The days of collecting business cards to stuff in the rolodex are long gone. When it comes to networking, technology has proven rather useful as anyone you need to meet or know is simply a Google search and email away (though your email could fall into the digital ether if you the person you're reaching out doesn't know you).

However, just because you can email and digitally meet almost anyone, that doesn't mean you should avoid in-person networking. Meeting and getting to know other professionals in a pseudo-social setting is great for building your own trusted network that will actually answer your phone calls and emails. And thanks to those handy smartphones we all have these days, networking can be much more impactful.

Below, you'll find three tips to help you leverage your smartphone for building, and nurturing, your network.

When you get yourself new tech, your older tech can sometimes be rendered obsolete or just unused. But, if you didn't completely destroy your last device, it can often feel bad to just let it gather dust in a drawer. Fortunately, there's a solution, at least for your Apple and Android smartphones.

Since most smartphones, at least for the last few years, have a pretty good camera, as well as WiFi, as well as a decent enough processor to run as a dedicated security camera, an old iPhone or Android phone can easily be used as an additional measure of office security (or home security). Simply download the free Presence app (or another similar type of app) onto the retired device and your new one, and follow the setup instructions.

Are Encrypted Messaging Apps for the Paranoid or Lawyers?

In Steve Martin's comedy Bowfinger, a no-budget filmmaker follows a famous actor around Hollywood and secretly films him to piece together a movie.

The big problem is, the movie star is paranoid. When his adviser discovers the surreptitious recording, he observes: "Well, I guess it's true; it's not paranoia when someone's really after you."

That's a long intro for this point: you are not paranoid if you think someone is tracking your phone, text messages, and other communications. But the movie is hilarious and there's an app for those who are worried about cell phone security.

There are quite a few issues surrounding communicating with potential clients via text message. And while we're unaware of any outright statutory prohibition on communicating via text once contact has been initiated, getting to that step can be ripe with conflict.

Fortunately, for the many attorneys that have adopted the strategy of marketing via text message, an increasing number of states are okaying the practice and treating text messages like e-mail or other written communications. However, there are definitely some boundaries that it would be wise not to cross, unless you're looking to put your license on the line to cause an ethical stir.

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, what usually unfolds into a vehement battle between tech-giant and law enforcement over privacy rights, ended in a rather unexpectedly peaceful manner. Investigators of the mass shooting found a blood spattered iPhone in the shooter's vehicle and promptly got a warrant to search it. Surprisingly, they also got an offer of assistance from Apple.

Initially, it seemed as though law enforcement needed assistance to get into the locked device, however that has not been the case. Despite the fact that the tech giant seemed willing to cooperate with authorities, it reportedly has not been contacted.

Black Friday Deals for Lawyers

"But it was on sale!"

It's such an accepted explanation for impulse buying, it's practically a mantra. And as religious holidays go, Black Friday is a universally acceptable day to worship the sale.

With some guidance from tech experts, FindLaw has a shoppers list for your pilgrimage to tech nirvana on sale day. This is the lawyer's edition: