Sheffield, IL asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Federal Crimes for Illinois

Q: If a person falsely claims they are an FBI agent in text & wants me to call them, can I record them without permission?

A person has texted me claiming to be an FBI agent from Wilmington, DE. He wants me to call him. Can I record the conversation without his permission to get audio evidence of the crime he already committed in text? Also, which law would be applied if I did and it was illegal...Illinois' or Delaware's?

1 Lawyer Answer
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Illinois is a two party consent state, so you may not record a party without their consent, however, you could promptly contact the police and show the incriminating texts for an investigation.

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