Hey, is it legal for a P.I. to do that?
Question of the day: “Is it legal for a PI to ‘tap’ or intercept someone’s calls, ever? I mean, wait til you hear my story.”
Short answer: NO!!
Long answer: Never hire a PI that says that they will do this for your or if they “know a guy” who can do it for you. THIS IS ILLEGAL AND ANY PI WHO DOES THIS FOR YOU SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. This is called “wiretapping”. In California, the law is very clear. It is even very difficult for law enforcement to tap a line legally- even in a criminal investigation.
California’s law against wiretapping, Penal Code 631 PC, lists the activities that would constitute illegal wiretapping. These are:
- Using any kind of machine or instrument to intentionally tap into, or make an unauthorized connection to, any telegraph or telephone line
- Reading or attempting to read or learn the contents of any message passing over a telephone or other wire, willfully and without the permission of all of the parties to the message,
- Using or attempting to use or communicate any information gained in this way, AND
- Aiding or conspiring with anyone else to do any of the things on this list.
Also, you should know that any evidence that is gathered using illegal means will cause you to lose your footing, if not your entire case in court. And, you deserve better than that. Do yourself a solid and steer clear of PI’s who cross this line!
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