|CITATION||Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15 § 709|
Interception of wire and oral communications is a “Class C” crime under the state criminal code, and an interceptor is someone other than the sender or receiver of a communication who is not in the range of “normal unaided hearing” and has not been given the authority to hear or record the communication by a sender or receiver. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 710. Thus, the statute does not prohibit a party to the conversation from recording.
Disclosure of the contents of intercepted communications, knowing the information was obtained by interception, is a “Class C” violation of the criminal code as well. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 710.
Anyone whose communications have been intercepted can sue for civil damages and recover the greater of $100 a day for each day of violation or actual damages, and also attorney fees and litigation costs. Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 15, § 711.
|CONSENT REQUIRED||1 party to communication.|
|PENALTIES||Class C Crime which can include jail of up to 5 years, a monetary fine of up to five thousand dollars ($5,000), civil damages, and recovery of $100 a day for each day or actual damages, attorneys’ fees and litigation costs.|