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Old 02-23-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have a friend who is 19 years of age and was recently summoned to appear for jury duty Bexar county. This was the first time he was given a notice to appear and he didn't. He didn't call in or send back the attachment stating any reason he can't serve. He said he forgot because he was too busy. I'm sure there is nothing positive coming out of this especially since it is at the county level. What is the worst that can happen?
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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They cannot prove he received the summons. Nothing to worry about.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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I have a friend who is 19 years of age and was recently summoned to appear for jury duty Bexar county. This was the first time he was given a notice to appear and he didn't. He didn't call in or send back the attachment stating any reason he can't serve. He said he forgot because he was too busy. I'm sure there is nothing positive coming out of this especially since it is at the county level. What is the worst that can happen?

It's considered Contempt of Court. The judge can issue a warrant for his arrest and he could do a little jail time and/or be fined. Best bet is to contact the court asap and beg for forgiveness for forgetting or whatever. Ask them if he can reschedule when he's supposed to appear. I'm sure they'll work with him as long as he is proactive in trying to do the right thing but ignoring it would be a bad idea. IMO Good Luck!!!
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:06 AM
 
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They cannot prove he received the summons. Nothing to worry about.

You are correct JV, but that's dishonest and do we really want to encourage a young man to be dishonest? Shouldn't we be advising him to do what's right??? I'm glad you aren't giving my kid advice on this or anything else for that matter.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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He should really try to make amends unless he wants to potentially be out a lot of money:

Bexar County Jury Services - Failure to Answer Summons
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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You are correct JV
Good enough for me.

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Old 02-23-2012, 10:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Forgot jury duty: What next?
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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You are correct JV, but that's dishonest and do we really want to encourage a young man to be dishonest? Shouldn't we be advising him to do what's right??? I'm glad you aren't giving my kid advice on this or anything else for that matter.
We need more parents like you. Thank you for raising your child the right way!

Just have him go up to the clerk at the court and explain, and take his lumps. Most likely they'll just give him another date.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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It's considered Contempt of Court. The judge can issue a warrant for his arrest and he could do a little jail time and/or be fined. Best bet is to contact the court asap and beg for forgiveness for forgetting or whatever. Ask them if he can reschedule when he's supposed to appear. I'm sure they'll work with him as long as he is proactive in trying to do the right thing but ignoring it would be a bad idea. IMO Good Luck!!!
This is absolutely correct, and people need to note that CRenaud said the judge can issue a warrant, not will. I can't recall a time where anyone was arrested for missing jury duty, but it could happen.

If the judge does decide to issue it, no one will come a-knocking but if the person gets pulled over for something minor such as a traffic violation they will be arrested if there is a bench warrant.

And there is no talking your way out of it with the officer, they have no options other than to haul you downtown.

So the bottom line is do the responsible thing and contact the clerk of the court and get it resolved before the worst-case-scenario happens!

Cheers! M2
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