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In some states, only one party to a conversation has to consent for a recording to be legal, while in other states, both parties have to consent unless one of several exceptions to the law is present, such as anticipation that a crime is going to be committed or use by law enforcement, says William Sullivan, DO, JD, FACEP, an emergency physician at University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and a practicing attorney in Frankfort, IL.

Is Your State "One-party" or "All-party?"