Technologies Impact on the Legal Profession Essay

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Technologies Impact on the Legal Profession Law is a profession that has been important to the culture of our world since its beginning. Societies across the globe are each governed by a unique fabric of ethics and laws. Therefore, each culture has its own system formed to enforce those designated codes and standards. As early as 1792 B.C., the Babylonians had a written code of law. Known as the Hammurabi, this set of articles was designed to set up an orderly society. [1]Our government is formed by the Constitution laid out by our fore fathers in the early eighteenth century. This document lays out the form of our three branched government system, consisting of the legislative, executive, and judiciary braches. The judiciary branch…show more content…
However, because of the speed at which technology is increasing, it is often difficult for government to keep up with the technological crimes of the day. Over the last few years there has been a great surge in identity theft throughout in the United States. The numbers from 2003 showed an increase in over fifty percent from 2002. [2] Thieves often obtain their information through e-mail and internet scams. Also, because of the greater use of computers and internet for banking, more information is available to those that know how to get it. Technology has made arresting and convicting people of these crimes difficult, because there are at times no ways to find a suspect.Identity is the fastest growing crime in the United States at present and both the state and federal government have taken action. Fox News reporter Peter Brownfeld writes, “The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACT) was signed by President Bush in December 2003 and was designed to help states deal with identity theft.” This legislation does help in many cases, such as the state of Colorado who had no previous legislation. However, in states such as California, that have a great occurrence of such crimes and strong preventative laws, this legislation may hinder the law process.2 Technology’s rapid spread often leads to increased problems with legislation, along with the increased need of it. Therefore, there are still holes in the
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