Esther-Channah (dragonbat2006) wrote in little_details,

Legalities of electronic surveillance--New York City, Present Day

 I'm currently beta-ing a fic and I've hit an issue where I need to fact-check. 

Terms Googled: bugging legislation, wiretap legislation, tracking devices legislation

A felon has recently broken out of prison. An civillian recognizes the man. Said civillian has a talent for electronics and manages to slip a homing transmitter on the felon's car. He then calls the cops on his cell-phone and tells them how to find the escapee.

Assuming they catch the guy, could the homing device get the case tossed out of court on a technicality (invasion of privacy, illegal surveillance or some such)? And how likely is this? CAN a civillian legally plant such a device? (And if not, how much trouble could he be in?)

Tags: usa: government (misc), usa: new york (misc), usa: new york: new york city

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