Q: is it illegal for a citizen to install bugs or videos in my house without my permission or to hack into my phone?
Someone is claiming they have video of me while on my bedroom and in my house. They have detailed knowledge of things I have done in my house. This has been ongoing for months. There is a police report. I worry that my phone has been hacked or video surveillance placed in my house. I need to be protected as there has been threats of releasing footage to my job and to public websites
A: Read the following law:
Virginia is a one party consent state to record. If there is a police report then it appears you reported this to the appropriate investigative body.
A: Determine whether indeed there is police report. Nobody can enter your house and install bugs or videos without your permission or a legitimate search warrant. This sounds like a potential financial shakedown. I suggest you meet with an experienced criminal defense attorney and have him or her review all documentation/evidence you have regarding this potential invasion of your home. It may cost you for such consultation but it would be well worth you having peace of mind.
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