Can I secretly record my wife in order to prove her erratic and threatening behavior?
Question Details: My wife has been suffering from depression and is starting to fabricate false stories about me. I'm worried about where this could lead. If I were to record discussions between us showing her increasing unusual and threatening behavior, would this accepted as admissable evidence in a court of law or would this course of action serve to damage my credibility?
No, you may not. CA is what is considered a "two-party consent" state, which should more properly be called an "all-party consent" state: everyone speaking must consent or agree to be recorded, or else the person doing the recording has committed a rather serious crime--the equivalent of wire tapping. This means you cannot secretely record someone in CA, since if the recording is secret, they cannot consent or agree to it.
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