Can You Secretly Record Calls In Indiana?

Posted by Corey L. Scott | Feb 19, 2022 | 0 Comments

Can I record a telephone conversation if the other person on the line does not know that I am recording?

When it comes to recording audio conversations, many states have what is called all-party consent, which requires both parties in a conversation to be aware of and give consent to recording. However, the State of Indiana has what is known as one-party consent, which only requires the consent and awareness of one party. In other words, if you are a part of the conversation that you are recording, you count as the one party that is giving consent to record.

This can get a little complicated when there is a situation where you consent to recording, but the other person in the conversation is in another state. This is a whole different set of circumstances, where you would do best to research what the other state's policy is. Providing that both parties are Indiana, and you are a part of a conversation and you choose to record it, you can do that. 

There are few particulars I feel are important to point out. The first being that you cannot secretly record a conversation that you are not a part of. Another important distinction to note is that the laws for video recording are different than those for audio recording, and what I am talking about here can only be applied to the recording of audio conversations. In regard to audio recordings, Indiana is a one-party consent state. If you are a participant in a conversation, and both parties are in the State of Indiana, you have the right to record the audio of the conversation.

I hope that this has been helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I am always more than happy to help. Until next time, remember, if you have to be guilty of anything, be guilty of greatness.

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Corey L. Scott

Corey L. Scott, was born and raised in East Chicago, Indiana. Upon graduation from East Chicago Central High School, Corey attended Indiana State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.  Upon graduation, Corey accepted a position with the Marion County Superior Court, Juvenile Division where he served with distinction for the next nine years, eventually being promoted to Director of the Youth Counseling Department. Pursuing his dream of becoming an attorney, Corey attended the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  While in law school, Corey was an Indiana Council on Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO) fellow and participated in Moot Court competitions.  He also worked in the Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division as a bailiff and research assistant to the Honorable Tanya Walton Pratt, who serves as a Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Corey also served as an internship law clerk to the Honorable Judge, Margret G. Robb, at the Indiana Court of Appeals. Finally, upon graduation from law school, Corey had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice, Robert D. Rucker, who sits on the Indiana Supreme Court. Corey then became an associate with Mike Norris Law Office, where he specialized in bankruptcy law with a main concentration on working to assist families obtain a fresh start through Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Still a young attorney, Corey then served as a public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency.  In this position, Corey gained invaluable trial experience by defending clients in a wide range of matters from misdemeanors to serious felonies on a daily basis.  It was also during this time that Corey discovered his passion for representing and serving "everyday people." An entrepreneur at heart, Corey established the Law Office of Corey L. Scott, P.C.  Since then, he and his staff have served the greater Indianapolis community and surrounding counties in several legal disciplines including: Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense and Family Law.  In keeping with his vision, Corey L. Scott, P.C., is a client focused, results oriented general law practice that endeavors to provide legal solutions for "everyday people" charged with a crime, dealing with financial crisis or going through a difficult divorce. Corey has also been active serving the greater Indianapolis community by participating in pro bono programs such as "Ask a Lawyer," the "Modest Means" panel program which allows individuals to afford legal counsel at a fraction of normal rates, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Heartland Pro Bono Council program. Corey is a proud member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.


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