Any person who intercepts, attempts to intercept, or gets any other person to intercept any wire, electronic, or oral communication or discloses the communication can be imprisoned for no more than five years, under Rhode Island law. R.I. Gen Laws § 11-35-21.
Under the statute, consent is not required for the taping of a non-electronic in person communication uttered by a person who does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in that communication. R.I. Gen Laws § 12-5.1-1.
The statute provides for civil liability of actual damages of $100 per day for each day of violation or $1,000, whichever is higher, punitive damages, and reasonable attorney fees and other litigation expenses. R.I. Gen Laws § 12-5.1-13.