Using Your Blackberry In Illinois (or Florida) Could Send You To Prison

This TechCrunch article talks about two people facing jail time in Illinois for recording conversations:  Using Your Blackberry In Illinois Could Send You To Prison.  Florida is one of the 12 states where recording a conversation without permission is a felony although not for a first offense for non-commercial purposes. Fla. Stat. sec. 934.03

Clients will sometimes try to bolster a case by recording an opposing party.  This not only exposes them to potential criminal liability, but is generally useless.  An unlawfully recorded conversation is not admissible in court.

Here is a much more detailed blog post by a criminal defense attorney:  Recording Telephone Conversations and Communications in Florida


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