What is the charges for opening, reading, &/or discarding someone else's mail?

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curious

Mammoth Cave, KY

#1 Sep 22, 2010
Isn't that a federal offense?

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#2 Sep 23, 2010
yep
HEAP

Hodgenville, KY

#3 Sep 23, 2010
Illegal Kenyan wrote:
yep
Means your in a heap of shi- would be my guess. especially if they turn you in. It is a federal offense like a 10,000 fine or 5 years in prison. Maybe both. Why would you be nosey enough to get into someone elses mail in the first place>???
Mekay

Elizabethtown, KY

#4 Sep 23, 2010
sure is.
curious

Mammoth Cave, KY

#5 Sep 23, 2010
Thanx y'all, but I'm the victim!
wont happen

Louisville, KY

#6 Sep 23, 2010
Feds won't prosecute something that petty, I know from experience. They have entirely more important stuff on their plates and caseloads that you all cannot comprehend. Not trying to be mean but thats the way it is. Local police may or may not do something with it.
noway

Hodgenville, KY

#8 Sep 23, 2010
wont happen wrote:
Feds won't prosecute something that petty, I know from experience. They have entirely more important stuff on their plates and caseloads that you all cannot comprehend. Not trying to be mean but thats the way it is. Local police may or may not do something with it.
Well the feds may not but the state or county sure will if its reported.
moreinfo

Hodgenville, KY

#9 Sep 23, 2010
First thing to look at is WHAT was opened. If someone opened an electric bill, WHO CARES? If they STOLE money or valuables then yes that is a local prosecutable offense.
NO, the local, state and Federal courts will not care if someone opened your mail and there were no real damages. Foremost, the burden of proof is on the prosecution to show that malicious intent to cause real damage to the victim and opening a letter from Aunt Flo AINT it. The obvious defense to this is, "I failed to look at the address when I opened it, I then realized my mistake...blah, blah, etc."
Best advice is; CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS TO WHERE YOU LIVE....If that is a problem, get a P.O. box.

Hope this helps you a little.
unkown_NEvada166

Las Vegas, NV

#10 Jun 21, 2011
what if the person asked if they could open it and you told them no and this person do so anyways?
re-do

Elizabethtown, KY

#11 Jun 21, 2011
unkown_NEvada166 wrote:
what if the person asked if they could open it and you told them no and this person do so anyways?
"person do so anyways"; Please decifer that along with my spelling!
Back too the Question #1; You are a Cool; nosey little person! Wish I had thought of It first! I only get too open other's mail when It is accidently dropped into my box!(or; was it an accident!)Please help me; I confess! Is it a cardinal or a menial sin; or; "doesn't apply label!" Tell me it is the latter! That will ease my after thought's!
Question

Kodak, TN

#12 Jun 28, 2011
Why does your mail go to someone elses address?
Quezada

New York, NY

#13 Apr 2, 2012
None of yous don't know what their talking about, only a lawyer can answer that!!
Lou

UK

#14 Jun 1, 2012
Hiya, I was wondering if any of you had information about this law from a UK perspective? A former housemate of mine has threatened to burn a cheque from work, which I am dependent on to survive. The two people in question are very very malicious in the way they treat others; they tend to target vulnerable people with low self esteem like me! A third person who still lives there manager to persuade them not to burn my pay cheque, which was mistakenly sent to my former address. I am not going to report them as I am quite scared of these people, but I just want to know what could happen to them if I took the matter further. I am sure some post still occassionally goes there, even though I have informed all companies (like banks, mobile phone companies etc). Please excuse the long windedness of this story!! I am just so angry and how some people lack basic respect for others! Thank you for reading this post. Lou, UK.
Marie

Williamstown, PA

#15 Jan 16, 2014
I'm 21 years old and I'm sending letters ta my ex in jail cause were really close. And since a couple days ago my mom didn't tell me I got a letter. And she told me straight to my face she opened it and read it. Yes I don't live there but am still sending them thru my old address. My question is since it's not my address, even tho it has my name on it can she still get in trouble? I never have her the ok to open any of my mail just told her before she can't be opening it. Please someone help me!! Thanks
OMG

Smiths Grove, KY

#16 Jan 16, 2014
I would suggest you don't use someone else's address like a dumbass and this wouldn't be an issue. The letters are also probably read at the jail also. Deal with it or fix it stupid.
yesenia

United States

#17 Feb 20, 2014
HEAP wrote:
<quoted text>Means your in a heap of shi- would be my guess. especially if they turn you in. It is a federal offense like a 10,000 fine or 5 years in prison. Maybe both. Why would you be nosey enough to get into someone elses mail in the first place>???
Explain why my insurance came out with the front neighbors name included? i think he open my mail.
Victim

United States

#18 Feb 21, 2014
moreinfo wrote:
First thing to look at is WHAT was opened. If someone opened an electric bill, WHO CARES? If they STOLE money or valuables then yes that is a local prosecutable offense.
NO, the local, state and Federal courts will not care if someone opened your mail and there were no real damages. Foremost, the burden of proof is on the prosecution to show that malicious intent to cause real damage to the victim and opening a letter from Aunt Flo AINT it. The obvious defense to this is, "I failed to look at the address when I opened it, I then realized my mistake...blah, blah, etc."
Best advice is; CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS TO WHERE YOU LIVE....If that is a problem, get a P.O. box.
Hope this helps you a little.
I HAVE a PO Box, and the postmaster himself gave TWO of my packages to the wrong person. I can't have mail sent to my house because there isn't a mailbox. It's a very small town, and he says he will know the woman he have them to when he sees her again, but he wants to wait a few days to see if she realizes that it wasn't her mail. Uh, yeah...it's been a week, and it was a HUGE package. I'm pretty sure she knows it wasn't hers!

Just saying, just because you have a PO Box, doesn't mean you're not going to end up PO'd!
truthteller

Brooklyn, NY

#19 May 31, 2014
Lmfao it amazes me how many pathetic people there are in this world.
Trina mcafee

Columbus, OH

#20 Jan 15, 2015
My mom opened my letter from ssdi cause my brother told her to open it how do I go about pressing charges
college mom

Elizabethtown, KY

#21 Jan 20, 2015
all mail incoming and outgoing from jail, prison, detention center, half-way house gets read just the same as the phone calls are being recorded and monitored. my advice is to use your own address so there is no issue of someone reading your mail. most of the time deliveries from ups or fed-ex will deliver to your door because most packages will not fit in a roadside mail box. if they are unavailable to deliver to your home or PO Box, they are supposed to leave it at your local post office for you to pick up yourself.

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