If someone allegedly commits a crime on their cell phone but which is in my name, can I be held liable?

I share cell phone bills with some of my friends and one of them may be under trial soon for charges that I’m not at liberty to discuss. If he is found guilty and the cell phone was used as documentary evidence, can I be held liable for any thing found on that phone since I’m the primary account holder even though I was unaware of his activities?

Asked on August 17, 2012 under Criminal Law, Tennessee


Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The cell phone and its contents may be used as evidence, but that does not mean that you can be charged with any criminal activity simply because the phone is under your name. Unless you in some way conspired with your friend to commit this alleged crime, then you should have nothing to worry about.

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