ScottyT wrote:http://www.rcfp.org/taping/states.htmlI searched for a bit and couldn't find any recommendations...
I am looking to buy a SMALL digital voice recorder, and I am on a serious budget -- around $30 would be ok, lower would be great! Anyone got any recommendations? I have been looking on amazon, but I would rather base my decision off of one that one of you might have used!
Those of you that carry one, how do you use it? Do you discreetly turn it on when you see a need for it, do you tell the LEO that you are recording the conversation?
On a side note, I can't seem to find Utah laws relating to recording conversations, if anyone in the beehive state knows where I can look, please let me know.
Utah Code Ann. § 77-23a-4: An individual legally can record or disclose the contents of any wire, oral or electronic communication to which he is a party, or when at least one participant has consented to the recording, unless the person has a criminal or tortious purpose in making the recording.
Under the statute, consent is not required for the taping of a non-electronic communication uttered by a person who does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in that communication. See definition of "oral communication," Utah Code Ann. § 77-23a-3.
Unlawful interception of communications, including disclosure of the contents of a communication with reason to know of the illegal origin, is a felony — except that when the communication consists of the radio portion of a cellular telephone call, it is a misdemeanor. Civil liability for unlawful interception can include the greater of actual damages, mandatory damages ranging from $50 to $1,000 depending on whether it is a first or subsequent offense, $100 per day of violation or $10,000. Utah Code Ann. § 77-23a-11 (1999).
Installing a hidden camera or audio recorder to tape a person in a "private place" without consent is a misdemeanor. Utah Code Ann. § 76-9-402. A "private place" is a place where one may reasonably expect to be safe from intrusion or surveillance. Utah Code Ann. § 76-9-401.