It would be nice to think that law and order was a black and white affair: this action is illegal and deserving of a prison sentence, while that action is legal and undeserving of censure. The truth is much murkier, especially when it comes to situations where it is one person’s word against another. Fortunately, modern technology comes to our rescue here too, as in so many areas of life, with digital forensic investigation.
Cheat: Being caught cheating can sometimes lead people to lie. It is easier to say ‘they forced me’ than to own up to a moment of lust, but if the cheated upon partner then insists on a police case being opened, you might be forced into making a defense. Having proof that the meeting and the sex were consensual can get you off the hook, leaving the cheat with some questions to answer to his or her partner!
Regret: Rarely, people can regret the impulsion to a one-night stand. Sometimes this is, as above, because they have a partner already, at other times it could be because they have religious beliefs or other moral concerns over their own behavior which they alleviate by putting the blame on the other person concerned: unfair and illogical, but humans are messy and emotional sometimes! Again, proof positive of their consent can be found on a mobile phone through cell phone forensic investigation.
GPS data pinpoints where the phone user is at any point in time and accurately reading this can help to confirm your story or show holes in an accusation.
It is this last point where mobile phones can really help in a situation where actions can be ambiguous or open to several interpretations. If a narrative does not line up with text and GPS data it is easier for a defense lawyer to unpick that narrative, providing doubt about the accusation and leading to a (deserved) acquittal and dismissal of charges.