WILL “HUNCHLAB” INFRINGE ON YOUR RIGHTS?

Posted on: August 17, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense attorneyEven in 2015, a criminal act still must be committed before you can be charged with it, and if you are charged with a drug, sex, or theft crime in Orange County, you’ll need to contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. If you saw the film Minority Report, you know it’s about a police team that works to stop crimes before they happen. It hasn’t come to California yet, but there’s now a software program that gives the police tools to fight crime before it happens. It’s called “HunchLab.” It’s being used in Philadelphia, and the New York Police Department (NYPD) is giving the program a two-year trial run.

Here’s what the Hunchlab website says: “HunchLab is a web-based predictive policing system. Advanced statistical models automatically include concepts such as aoristic temporal analysis, seasonality, risk terrain modeling, near repeats, and collective efficacy to best forecast when and where crimes are likely to emerge.” What all that simply means is that the software merges a great deal of data – times, dates, weather, location, socioeconomic factors, and historic crime levels – to predict where and when certain kinds of crimes are likely to occur. The NYPD will test Hunchlab in several police precincts over the next two years.

The idea of ‘predictive policing” has civil liberties activists worried that HunchLab could infringe on the civil liberties of the innocent. But HunchLab isn’t science fiction, and the fact is, a crime still must occur before you or anyone else can be arrested for it. If you’re accused of a crime in southern California, get legal help immediately. In Orange County, if you are charged with a sex crime, a drug crime, an assault, theft, or robbery, don’t take any further risks. Get the legal help you really need and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney immediately.

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