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Is it a crime to open someone else's mail if it is placed in your mailbox?????

New York, NY |

and the person apologized and has not denounced, it remains a crime

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  1. No.

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  2. In this situation I do not think it was a crime for the person to open the mail...it has to do with intent. What do you mean by "denounced" in this situation?

    TITLE 18--CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

    PART I--CRIMES

    CHAPTER 83--POSTAL SERVICE

    Sec. 1702. Obstruction of correspondence

    Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post
    office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any letter
    or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or authorized
    depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail carrier, before it
    has been delivered to the person to whom it was directed, with design to
    obstruct the correspondence, or to pry into the business or secrets of
    another, or opens, secretes, embezzles, or destroys the same, shall be
    fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 778; Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII,
    Sec. 330016(1)(I), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)

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