The Laws for Hacking into Your Ex's Email or Phone in New Jersey

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you've ever toyed with the idea of accessing your ex-partner's emails, texts, or online accounts, then you should be aware of the laws concerning unauthorized access to a computer system in New Jersey. It is illegal to access someone else's emails and phone without their permission, and if caught, the consequences could be dire. If you are facing accusations of hacking into your ex's email or phone in New Jersey, then it is important to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

New Jersey Email and Phone Hacking Laws

In New Jersey, it is illegal to “intentionally, knowingly and without authorization” access a computer system or device and obtain information.

This surveillance activity would be considered a violation of article 2C:20-25 of the New Jersey Criminal Code, which can result in a second-, third- or fourth-degree felony with a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. This applies whether you accessed someone else's email directly or used software to detect messages stored on an external device. It should also be noted that attempting unauthorized access, regardless of success, is also illegal; this means that even if unsuccessful in gaining access, you can still face criminal charges with the same varying maximum penalties.

Potential Defenses

There are some possible defenses against these charges depending on your specific situation. For example, if you had valid authorization from either the owner of the computer system or a legitimate third party (such as an IT professional) at some point during your access attempt, then you may have claims to be defended against your charge(s). Additionally, if it can be proven that you did not intentionally perform such acts, but they were caused through accidental circumstances like erroneous software updates, then again, these may be reasonable defenses. The message here: hacking into someone's emails or phone without their knowledge or consent is extremely serious and carries significant long-term legal implications! Anyone who has obtained access illegally should seek counsel from qualified individuals immediately, as although there are potential defenses available, there is no guarantee that they will apply in every case. Be smart when it comes to your ex-partner's devices, as it can result in domestic violence-related charges with serious penalties. If you have legal questions, then call us today so we can help!

Why Hiring the Lento Law Firm is the Right Choice

If you are facing an allegation of hacking into someone's email, mobile phone, or another device, then make sure to get experienced help. Attorney Joseph D. Lento has helped people defend countless criminal charges in the state of New Jersey. Call the Lento Law Firm today at 888-535-3686 to learn why hiring the Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team is the right choice.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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