Rockville, MD asked in Criminal Law for Maryland

Q: How can the use of Smart Speakers such as Amazon Alexa be used in court? How would the authorities get the recordings?

If a case needed voice recordings from a Smart Speaker, how would the court system request it and would the company who holds the recording have to comply?

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Eric Todd Kirk
Eric Todd Kirk
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: The court system would not request it but the participants in the court proceeding would . In a criminal case I suspect the state would issue a subpoena to the appropriate entity to produce the evidence in court. If the appropriate entity is out-of-state, I'm quite certain that Maryland prosecutors would know the appropriate method to have a subpoena enforced outside of the state.

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