Atlanta, GA asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Georgia

Q: The school says they have a vm left by my teen from her friend's phone to another teen, can I legally listen to it?

The call was said to happen on the weekend. Name calling and "go kill yourself" was alledgedly said.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In general, accessing or listening to someone else's voicemail without their consent may not be legal and could potentially violate privacy laws. However, laws regarding consent and privacy can vary depending on your location and the specific circumstances of the situation. It's important to consult with a legal professional who can provide guidance on the legality of accessing the voicemail in question.

If the voicemail is being used as evidence in a school disciplinary matter involving your teen, it's advisable to discuss the situation with school administrators or officials to understand their policies and procedures regarding such matters. They may be able to provide information on how the voicemail was obtained and whether it can be legally accessed by parents or guardians.

In cases involving allegations of harmful behavior, such as name-calling or threats, it's essential to address the underlying issues and provide support to all parties involved. This may involve open communication with your teen, discussing the seriousness of the allegations, and working together to address any concerns or conflicts in a constructive manner. Additionally, seeking guidance from counselors or mental health professionals can help facilitate productive discussions and promote positive outcomes for everyone involved.

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