Can you go to jail for not paying a small claims court ruling?

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  1. Autoclave

    Autoclave Member

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    Or will it just ruin your credit?

    Thanks!
     


  2. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    No. Don't pay with confidence.
     


  3. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    "Can I go to jail for..." questions are best directed to lawyers--from your state, not the internet.
     


  4. CTGuy

    CTGuy Made Guy

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    They can garnish your wages if need be. Just pay it if you lost.
     


  5. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    They can garnish your wages if need be.

    Garnish them with what? Rosemary, oregano, thyme? I'm partial to marjoram.
     


  6. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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    They can garnish your wages if need be. Just pay it if you lost.

    Depends on the state. They can't do that in Texas. Can't put a lien on your dwelling either. Collecting from an individual in Texas is a real bitch.
     


  7. AR_Six

    AR_Six "Sookie!"

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    Yes, but they shouldn't bother. They will either attach your bank account or have someone come and seize and sell your assets until the claim is satisfied, again depending on what methods are available in your jurisdiction.
     


  8. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

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    Or you could just suck it up and pay what you owe. Or appeal it, if you so choose (assuming that's an option in your jurisdiction).

    Note that in many states, outstanding judgments accrue interest at a pretty significant rate -- say, 10%. So if you just ignore it and it's not satisfied through collection efforts, it's just going to become a bigger and bigger problem over time.
     


  9. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Or you could just suck it up and pay what you owe. Or appeal it, if you so choose (assuming that's an option in your jurisdiction).

    Note that in many states, outstanding judgments accrue interest at a pretty significant rate -- say, 10%. So if you just ignore it and it's not satisfied through collection efforts, it's just going to become a bigger and bigger problem over time.


    Lots of states also assess costs and fees expended on efforts to collect too.
     


  10. CTGuy

    CTGuy Made Guy

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    Hey- you get what you pay for in terms of advice. In CT they go after your wages if you don't pay within a certain amount of time. Or as LD said, appeal it if possible.
     


  11. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

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    i suggest you negotiate with the plaintiff. the plaintiff does not want to chase you. make a reasonable offer and say you will pay up promptly.
     


  13. munchausen

    munchausen Senior member

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    just do the right thing. pay up. be a man.

    No. Run to Mexico, change your name, get plastic surgery. Never look back.
     


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