Skipping Jury Duty in Texas: The Consequences You Need to Know
- You could be fined
- How to stop getting jury duty so often
- What not to do if you get jury duty
- Jury duty is on the rise in Texas
I've been watching the mockumentary Jury Duty on Freevee and seeing what the jurors on the show are going through. Even though the jury is entirely made up of actors, the show's premise is that it's real for one guy.
They are putting him through sequestering and all of the things that can make a trial drag on. Being on the jury for a big trial could be hard on your family and your finances.
Though your job can't fire you, I'm sure they would rather you be at work. Sometimes it seems like you are getting a jury summons more than once a year in the mail.
You could move out of Texas or quit voting, and they might slow down for a while. What you don't want to do is ignore the summons once you get it. That could end up costing you more time and money later.
You Can Get Fined For Skipping Jury Duty In Texas
According to txcourts.gov if you get a summons for jury service and fail to answer, you could be found in contempt. That is punishable by a fine of at least $100 up to $1000 by law.
You could also get fined for trying to get out of jury duty. If you fail to show up after being selected or you file a false claim to get out of the summons, you could be fined $100 - $500.
This can all be avoided by just going to court on the day of your summons. Chances are slim that you will end up serving on a jury or that the trial would last very long.
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