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Wiretapping Lawyer in Yuma

Is Wiretapping a Felony in Arizona?

Wiretapping is considered a felony. If you are convicted of this crime, the penalties can be severe, including fines and possible jail sentencing. You will also have a criminal record that makes it harder to find employment, housing, and financial opportunities. It is important to retain the services of an experienced Yuma wiretapping defense lawyer as soon as possible.

We may be able to help you prove:

  • The recording was in a public place and therefore legal
  • The recording was made for journalistic purposes
  • You were not the person responsible for the recordings

In Arizona, recording is legal so long as the party recording the conversation is actually involved in the exchange. It becomes illegal as soon as that person is no longer present. If you were charged with wiretapping, you could face felony sentencing that will have serious consequences for your future. Call Territorial Law today and schedule your free consultation with our Yuma criminal defense lawyer. We have over 60 years of shared legal experience to help you protect yourself from a conviction.

One-Party Consent Law in Arizona

Arizona implements a one-party consent wiretapping law, which makes it a crime to intercept a wire or electronic communication unless:

  • you are one party to the conversation,
  • you are present during the conversation, or
  • a party consents to it.

This means that you are legally allowed to record a phone call or other conversation if you are a party to the conversation or obtain permission in advance from one of the parties, but you are not allowed to record conversations you are not a part of without the consent of at least one party. Be aware that if you plan on recording a conversation that includes individuals in more than one state, it is important that you follow the state recording law of the other states involved. Alternatively, though, you can seek consent of all the present parties.

Note that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in certain situations, so you should always seek consent of one or all involved parties in a situation in which an ordinary person would deem private. However, you may be able to record conversations that are held in public places, such as a store or a street, without consent, because the expectation of privacy does not exist.

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An effective defense is about more than simply knowing the law — it is about standing strong against accusations. Our team has over 60 years of shared legal experience, and we understand the strategies prosecutors use to make the accused out to be a villain. As your advocate, we will stand with you to help you tell your side of the story and prevent a conviction.

Dial (928) 783-8879 now and schedule your free consultation with Territorial Law. You can also contact our firm online.

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