Using audio recording as evidence in court case?

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I got into a situation where someone said I hit them and scratched their car- I do not believe this happened at all and I’m killing myself for not calling the police or anything- but all he asked for was $10 so I cut him a check. My car has so many scratches and dings in it it’s very possible this may have happened and I was in a rush, so I just paid the guy. I made sure to get his name, cell number, and took pictures of both cars via my blackberry.

Yes, I know I made a mistake by not calling the police, but nevertheless I shortly realized afterward that I needed to protect myself somehow. I called the guy and recorded the phone call in which he confirmed that that was the only and final payment. Would this hold up as evidence in court, should that ultimately happen? I’m really nervous as this has never happened to me before.

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2 Responses to Using audio recording as evidence in court case?

  1. Johnathan B says:

    Yes, in most states as long as one person consents (you) to the recorded conversation than it is legal. However, you need to check to make sure you didnt force him into saying something without him willingly saying it, otherwise it counts as entrapment.

    Ignore the answer from Mike R.

    I am telling you from experience.

  2. Mike R says:

    Doubtful the other guy didn’t know he was testifying the judge will probably disallow it, but what’s he going to do call the police? The police will tell him to call his insurance.

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