What Happens To Somebody Caught With An Illegal Cable Descrambler?
The consequences for being caught with a pirate box descrambler depend upon the amount of evidence possessed by the police or cable company. Even where the cable company has records showing that a suspect cable descrambler was purchased by somebody at a particular address, or detects the presence of a box within a house, that may not be enough to act against the resident of that house. If the cable descrambler may be in use for a legal purpose, the mere presence of the box is probably not enough to interest the police. While the cable company can file a civil lawsuit for “signal theft”, they will likely not file a lawsuit unless they are confident that they can demonstrate that the box was used illegally. If the cable box is detected in a residence where there was no cable subscription, or is found to be connected to the cable line where there is no lawful use for the box other than descrambling programming to which the resident does not subscribe, it is much more likely that a civil s