Reading the Private Emails of a Spouse may be a Crime

If a person accesses their spouse’s private email without permission, the prosecutor may charge you with felony misuse of a computer.

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You can face criminal charges for reading private emails even if you still live in the same some.

You are not allowed to snoop through your spouse’s email. A couple of years ago, Leon Walker of Rochester Hills, Michigan, was charged with felony misuse of a computer because he accessed his wife’s email account. Mr. Walker thought his wife was having an affair and got into her email account to prove it. Once in the account, he printed out the email and gave copies to his wife’s first husband, who was in a custody battle with her. This case was initially dismissed. Over the years, it has been appealed several times, and the Michigan Court of Appeals had determined that Mr. Walker can be charged criminally for accessing his estranged wife’s computer. The bottom line is that reading the private emails of another person is a crime.

There is a significant concern about this matter. Is it right to cause a person to have a criminal charge brought when the family court should address the issue? What if a spouse claims a joint email is private and makes a false allegation of intrusion?

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Prosecutors and Judges can be Harsh and Overcharge a Person.

You need help when you face criminal charges. The prosecutor’s offices in southeastern Michigan have a reputation of being extraordinarily harsh and commonly overcharge people. Because of these heartless and aggressive prosecutions, you need to have a top criminal defense law firm represent you. The attorneys with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. take great offense when an overzealous prosecutor charges a client with a felony or misdemeanor and take all steps necessary to ensure that the situation is resolved corrected.

A person is entitled to due process and a level playing field when facing the criminal justice system. That often is not the case. One person alone against the government with its unlimited resources is daunting. Do not allow this to happen to you. You are in a fight for your freedom or your children – do not attempt to enter that fight with anything other than expert representation. Don’t trust your fate to the lowest bidder. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience defending people charged with criminal offenses. Let us put our knowledge to work for you.

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