Are text messages allowed as evidence in court?

Are text messages from a phone allowed in court as evidence? Does it matter if they are on the original phone? Or can I transfer them to another phone and still use them?

Tampa, FL -

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Eugene P. Castagliuolo

Eugene P. Castagliuolo

Litigation Lawyer - Largo, FL

Yes, the messages are admissible as long as they are authenticated. As a first step, you should go to your service provider and get the messages transcribed into a written document and verified by the service provider as having been sent to/from the phone in question. Good luck!

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Kenneth J Kohler

Kenneth J Kohler

Criminal Defense Attorney - Moorhead, MN

Prior answer is correct. So long as proper authentication and foundation can be established, text messages that are preserved, can be used as evidence.

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