A person is guilty of an offense if he intentionally-
It is a defense to a prosecution under subsection (a) that the defendant was a law enforcement or investigative officer engaged in the course of his official duties and the electronic surveillance was authorized by and conducted pursuant to a search warrant or court order of a court of competent jurisdiction.
An offense described in this section is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.
There is Federal jurisdiction over an offense under this section if the person committing the offense was an officer or employee of the United States at the time the offense was committed.
50 U.S.C. § 1809
REFERENCES IN TEXTThis chapter, referred to in subsec. (a), was in the original "this Act", meaning Pub. L. 95-511, Oct. 25, 1978, 92 Stat. 1783, which is classified principally to this chapter. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under sectionof this title and Tables.
AMENDMENTS2010-Subsec. (a)(1). Pub. L. 111-259, §801(3)(A), substituted "sectionof this title;" for "section of this title.;".Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 111-259, §801(3)(B), substituted "title." for "title.."2008-Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110-261 substituted "authorized by this chapter, chapter 119, 121, or 206 of title 18, or any express statutory authorization that is an additional exclusive means for conducting electronic surveillance under section of this title." for "authorized by statute" in pars. (1) and (2).
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 2008 AMENDMENTAmendment by Pub. L. 110-261 effective July 10, 2008, except as provided in section 404 of Pub. L. 110-261 set out as a Transition Procedures note under sectionof this title, see section 402 of Pub. L. 110-261 set out as an Effective Date of 2008 Amendment note under section of this title.