What are consent apps?

| Dec 18, 2018 | Criminal Defense |

People use technology often these days in criminal cases. However, there is a new way to use it when it comes to defense for sexual assault crimes. Many of these crimes end up being one person’s word against another. With the new consent apps for your smartphone, consent becomes clear, according to The New York Times.

You download and install a consent app like any other app. It provides a real-time connection between you and another person. It allows you to outline the relationship and give specific consent for contact between the two of you. It gets rid of confusion and states upfront what is okay and what is not.

If something should be brought up in the future, you can consult the app. It even is possible to use the consent app in court to prove your case. This is a real game changer. It eliminates the reliance of just the word of the people involved.

While this app is a great idea, the one issue is getting people to actually use it. It may be awkward to request a partner uses the app. However, consistency may be the key here. If you use it for every date or interaction, then you establish a pattern. So, if something happens and you do not use the app, it could help prove your case.

So, the app is useful in many ways. This is just one example of how technology is revolutionizing criminal law. This information is for education and is not legal advice.