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Steve Hammond

My wife and I are getting a divorce, I found an e-mail account in her name. I asked for a new password and was given one by answering the questions the web site required. When I went into the account I found some really good evidence that I can use to support my claims of her instability. Can I use this information? but more important than that, can I get into trouble by accessing her account? There is a restraining order against me, Which states I am not suppose to contact her or the kids, go to their school or to the family home. Nothing says I can't access the e-mail account. Should I use the information which will incriminate me in the use of her e-mail account, but will establish my case. I know it's illegal to open anothers U.S. Mail but do the same laws apply to e-mail? This situtation applies to Washington State laws

[This message has been edited by Steve Hammond (edited October 13, 2000).]



hmmm... cyber laws are still not concrete in some people's minds... for this you are definitely gonna need professional advice I suggest talkin to your attourney if you don't already have one set a meeting with one and tell him bout this


The most you could be charged with is computer trespass. Frankly, the prosecutor has better things to do with her time than get sucked into a custody dispute. Plus, the jails are too full. Also, I think the 'victim' would have to be the email provider, since they own the data base.

RCW 9A.52.120
Computer trespass in the second degree.
(1) A person is guilty of computer trespass in the second degree if the person, without authorization, intentionally gains access to a computer system or electronic data base of another under circumstances not constituting the offense in the first degree.

(2) Computer trespass in the second degree is a gross misdemeanor.
[First degree means you accessed computer with intent to commit another crime or accessed a government data base.]

This is not legal advice and you are not my client. Double check everything with your own attorney and your state's laws. [email protected] - please include some facts so I know who you are!

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