is that legal to audio recording my conversation to the policeman face to face in the public place in state Washington?
Family Law Attorney
You can read RCW 9.73.030 (Intercepting, recording, or divulging private communication – Consent required – Exceptions) to see what you propose to do is governed by the statute. The statutes can be accessed here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=9.73 .
You can read the opinion of the WA Supreme Court in STATE v. TOWNSEND, 147 Wn.2d 666, 57 P.3d 255 (2002):
The subjective intention of the parties to the communication is among the factors that the court may consider in determining if a communication is private. A court may also consider other factors bearing on the reasonableness of the participants' expectations, such as the duration and subject matter of the communication; the location of the communication and the presence of potential third parties; and the role of the nonconsenting party and his or her relationship to the consenting party.
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Lawsuit / Dispute Attorney
I believe Washington like Illinois and California's laws prohibits the recording of "confidential communications" unless all parties to the conversation consent.
See my Legal Guide Recording Conversations in Illinois
You need a lawyer because I do not practice in WA (I am in Chicago, IL). Check with a lawyer in your locale to discuss more of the details. I agree with the observations of Mr. Thuong-Tri Nguyen.
Good luck to you.
Again, check with a lawyer in your locale.
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