Question: Can I Sue Someone For Opening My Mail?

You could sue for the value of the item and any damages to your property.

It would probably cost more to sue the person than you would get out of it.

You can call the local police or the postal inspector.

Mail theft

Can someone get in trouble for opening my mail?

Most people understand that it’s illegal to open mail that’s not addressed to them. Intentionally opening, intercepting or hiding someone else’s mail is the felony crime of mail theft. It comes with some heavyweight penalties, including five years’ incarceration in a federal prison.

Is it illegal to open someone else’s mail at your address?

The federal statute 18 USC Section 1702 states that it is illegal for individuals to open correspondence that is addressed to other individuals. However, if you accidentally open someone else’s mail, you have not committed a crime.

How do I report someone tampering with my mail?

Immediately report theft, tampering, or destruction of mail or mailboxes to your Postmaster. Or click here to report it to the Postal Inspectors online, or call 1-877-876-2455 (press 5).

Can I get in trouble for opening my husband’s mail?

Robert David Richman. Under federal law, delaying the mail is a crime. Nonetheless, as long as you are not stealing his mail or preventing him from getting it, it is unlikely that you will get in trouble for opening it, at least as far as a federal criminal prosecution is