We often receive questions like “Can you bug a room to record the audio?” or “Can you record my husband cell phone conversations?”
Although audio recording would be very useful in many investigations, the bottom line is most types of audio recording are illegal. This would include telephone and cell phone conversations, audio within a room or car, etc. As a result, we do not conduct any audio surveillance.
United States Code, Title 18, Section 2510 states:
“…‘oral communication’ uttered by a person exhibiting an expectation that such communication is not subject to interception under circumstances justifying such expectation.”
Given the above, we do not use any audio recording whatsoever and rely instead primarily on video & photographic evidence. Although the federal law quoted above applies nationwide, individual state and local laws do vary and you should consult with a local attorney if necessary.[note title=”Please Note” align=”center”] We are not lawyers. The information above is a)based on the author’s opinion and interpretation, and b)purely for information purposes. It should NOT be taken as legal advice. [/note]