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ABOUT

Charles M. "Mike" Adams
Founder and Principal
WHO WE ARE

Prime Focus Forensics is a Digital Forensics solution provider and licensed Private Investigative firm owned and operated by Charles M. “Mike” Adams, EnCE. Our team has a combined 100 years experience and training as digital forensics examiners and expert witnesses. In August 2017 our testimony was instrumental in exonerating a twenty-four year old man who had spent three plus years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of the super aggravated sexual assault of a child. Due to the precise and scientific nature of digital forensics we were able to prove that our client was elsewhere when the crime occurred. Subsequently, Judge Donna King of Williamson county, found our client “Actually Innocent”. This finding, as opposed to the alternative finding of ‘Not Guilty”, makes the subject eligible for financial compensation from the State.

ABOUT MIKE

History

1971 – U.S. Army, Sergeant E5, Vietnam Era. Stand-for Pledge of Allegiance at every opportunity.

1980 – Johnson Controls, Inc. – Implementation of digital networks for Fire & Security monitoring and control.

1985 – Texas Admark - Digital Data Recovery – Data recovery from digital drives.

1994 – Implementation of direct digital fire and security control systems at Dell World HQ in Round Rock, TX.

1999 – United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) - Extensive training in digital satellite communications and digital forensics via the UN Department of Safety & Security (UNDSS). Assigned two mission critical duties.  (1) establish satellite communications links for NGOs (2) locate, acquire, and examine digital forensic evidence from computers and cell phones abandoned by opposing forces fleeing N.A.T.O. during the “War of Ethnic Cleansing”.

2002 - Founded two prosperous businesses, Save-My-PC and Prime Focus Forensics.  Save-My-PC performed Certified digital data recovery, computer repairs, and data protection services.  Prime Focus Forensics performed digital forensics for computers, cell phones, and other digital devices.

2009 – New certification in Digital Forensics via Guidance Software using EnCase Forensic.

2009 – Passed all exams and submitted all paperwork to become the owner/manager of a PI Agency.

2012 – Re - certified in EnCase by Guidance.

2014 – Certified by Katana Digital Forensics for the “Lantern Certified Examiner” certificate.

2015 - Re - certified in EnCase by Guidance.

Most Recent Expert Witness Highlights

2014: Testifying expert domestic violence; Consulting expert child custody; Consulting Witness in Crispen Harmel Capital Murder trial; Consulting expert in the Greg Kelley ongoing appeal process → 2015: Testifying witness in George De La Cruz Capital Murder trial; Consulting expert for a capital murder case; Consulting expert for first degree murder cold case; Appointed by Judge Rick Kennon of the 368th District Court to forensically examine computer hard drives utilized by the Williamson County, TX  sitting District Attorney. Found exculpatory digital evidence which eventually led to severe sanctions by the Texas State Bar. → 2016: Testifying Expert in Electronic Stalking case; Consulting expert for continuing Greg Kelley exoneration attempt.  → 2017 Primary Consulting and Testifying Expert Witness in the Greg Kelley continuing exoneration effort August 2017.

Training – Total of 540 in-class hours

Advanced Cell Phone Forensics

Basic Cell Phone Forensics

Direct Digital Control Engineering

Direct Digital Control for Fire Protection

Direct Digital Control for Security

EnCase Advanced Internet Forensics

EnCase Digital Forensics I

EnCase Digital Forensics II

EnCase EnCE Examination Preparation

EnCase Network Forensics

Software Environment

Axiom by Magnet Software

Evidence Center by Belkasoft

EnCase Forensic Software by Guidance

Internet Evidence Finder by Magnet Forensics

iXAM Forensic Software

iXAMINER Forensic Software

Lantern Forensic Software by Katana

Passware by Lost Password.com

 

References

Anthony L. Smith, Esquire – Criminal Defense Attorney – 254.933.2400

Colonel Billy Fulton, retired - Former Director of Texas D.P.S., Western Division - 512.517.8734

Det. Feliciano “Chano” Acevedo – Chief Digital Forensic Examiner - Round Rock PD -  512.341.3108

Keith Hampton, Esquire – Appellate Attorney - 512.476.8484

Ryan Deck, Esquire – Criminal Defense Attorney – 512.251.8920

Professional Memberships

Forensic Expert Witness Association

American Society of Digital Forensics

EnCase Forensics Group

Texas Association of Licensed Investigators

WHEN and WHERE

We are known for our commitment to your schedule. If you have an injunction heading your way and it’s expected to arrive before D-Day we will pull out the cots and man the battle stations to meet our client’s needs. Success demands extra effort and we do not mind providing that.

 

Our offices are located just outside Austin, TX in the growing city of Hutto. We have worked several cases in other states as well. Our current case load beyond the Texas borders include supporting a Special Prosecutor from northern Missouri, a multi-million dollar civil suit in Louisiana, an embezzlement case in New Jersey, and a stolen personal identity case in Virginia.

REFERENCES

  • Keith Hampton, Esq., Appellate Attorney - (512) 476-8484

  • Ryan Deck, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney - (512) 251-8920

  • Claude Bookout, Former DPS SWAT Commander - (512) 853-9084

  • Allen Kerin, Private Investigator, Retired LEO - (512) 563-7940

  • Charles Bunk, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney - (210) 212-8200

  • Chano Acevedo, Round Rock PD Digital Forensics - (512) 801-4581