What can happen if I skip jury duty?

There are very few things that this great country requires a citizen to do. All males must sign up for the draft at the age of 18, people must pay taxes if they are working and everyone is required to serve on a jury. There are very few exceptions to the rule. People who are above a certain age are able to stop going to jury duty, but for the most part you are required to go. It doesn’t matter what you do for work because even judges are required to go to jury duty. As most of people already know, jurors are selected randomly through a computer system. Selected jurors get notified by mail and can be sent to any court that is within the county of the person’s residence.

If for some reason you can’t serve on the day that is given, you usually defer to another date. If you don’t attend jury duty, you can be charged with a misdemeanor. A person who doesn’t attend jury duty can be fined up to $2,000. When a person is charged the court will usually send a summons to the person’s last known address. If the person doesn’t show up on the date that they were summoned, then the judge could put a warrant for the person’s arrest. Through this process, a person that has never been in trouble with the law before, can be arrested and brought to court.

What usually happens with these types of cases is that the court will have the person sign up for jury duty and hold over the criminal case. After the person performs jury duty, the charges are usually dismissed. However, the best thing to do is to make sure that you go to jury duty or get the court to allow you move the date. The last thing you want to happen is to be arrested for not going to jury duty.

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Attorney-Jason-Chan/101494423854?ref=sgm Massachusetts General Laws regarding jury duty http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/gl-234-toc.htm

Mass Juror Service Website https://juryduty.majury.gov/ojcweb/public/start.aspx

Boston Globe Article about courts cracking down on people who skipped jury duty http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/10/05/massachusetts_cracks_down_on_jury_duty_shirkers/?page=1

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  1. […] What can happen if I skip jury duty? « Crime and Society […]

  2. To get out of jury duty go to http://www.avoidjuryduty.com!

  3. Not so random when you get served with a jury notice every three years like clock-work. I know folks who have never received a summons, but I’ve received at least 8 for my lifetime. It’s a bit ridiculous.

  4. There are very few things that this great country requires a citizen to do.<< WRONG. This is the United States of America, we are a Free Republic and People and can't be REQUIRED to do anything. 2.) We are NOT required to sign up for the draft because we have an all volunteer military. 3.) People are NOT REQUIRED to Pay Taxes as Per the U.S. Supreme Court in at least 3 Rulings that basically state: "You are entitled to 100% of the fruits of your LABOR, AND labor is NOT *INCOME*. The USSC has defined INCOME AS "The Gains and Profits FROM Stocks and Bonds", Labor is NOT *INCOME*. 4.) Everyone is NOT 8REQUIRED* to serve on a jury. The 7th Amd. allows for the RIGHT of a Trial by Jury of your PEERS, therefore since it is a RIGHT to HAVE a Jury Trial, it IS also a RIGHT to REFUSE jury DUTY because we as a FREE PEOPLE OWE NO *DUTY*. As well juries these days do NOT PERSONALLY *KNOW* the accused or what type of person he/she is therefore we cannot BE the accused Peers. We only get to see the accused in court after they have been charged and as how the PROSECUTION presents them to be, as it's much easier toprosecute a person you do not personally KNOW. It is the LAWYERS and JUDGES who ABUSE the 7th Amendment and FINE (Legal Extortion) those people who do not show up to pad THIEIR retirement and court coffers. because the People have forgotten our Constitution and allowed the lawyers who write FALSE articles and Judges who convict without cause to do so. Mr. Chan, you claim to be an ATTORNEY. Attorneys deal in REAL ESTATE matter and the term Attorney, Lawyer and Counselor are NOT interchangable. Please go back to law school and re learn our Constitution and what the term in the legal feild TRULY mean. Thanks.

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