I wish to install video and audio surveillance equipment outdoors on my residential property in Washington state. I am concerned about potential criminal liability if a converstaion were to recorded without the knowledge of all parties.
I am posting here under Criminal Law because I don't know where else to put this. If there's a better category to post this under I'm open to suggestions.
I'm pretty confident the video cameras (already installed) are fine in terms of not violating any laws, with or without warning signs. For the record, the cameras only view my property. Any place they encroach on neighboring property I use the built in filtering to block out anything not within my boundaries. Also, the cameras are tripped by motion detectors that point (95%) towards my property.
Where I'm concerned is the audio part. Washington law says basically no conversation can be recorded by any means without consent of all persons involved. There are some exceptions to this but mostly they don't cover any scenarios I can envision.
So, if I do put up the microphones, will I be exluded from any criminal and civil liability if I put up clearly visible warning signs stating the property is under 24/7 audio and video surveillance. The signs would all be on my property but at places where mcirophones are near the boundary I'd put them on the outside of the fence.
I want a good, well researched written answer. I'm willing to pay for it but I can't find a lawyer who will step up to being knowldgeable on this subject. A referral (Seattle area, eastside) would be welcome.
Hope somebody out there can help.