How can I get transcripts of text messages, and for how far back in time?
3 attorney answers
My understanding is that the data may not be gone and with the right subpoena you can obtain the information from the carrier.
You will want to seek counsel to better understand your rights and how to handle this matter.
That is a question for the carrier which, I suspect , will only respond to a subpoena.
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It all depends on your wireless carrier and what their policy is about text messages. Most will not store the actual messages themselves but only the sender and recipient's numbers. As far as I know, SkyTel is the only carrier left that store is the actual messages (a fact that One of their most notorious subscribers, Kwame Kilpatrick, is certainly familiar with). I would check with your carrier as soon as possible to see what can be preserved and what steps are necessary to secure whatever might be available.
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