What Really Happens if You Ignore Your Jury Summons?

From: Legal Zoom

By: Mariah Wojdacz

You know you’ve been tempted to do it – to toss your jury summons in the garbage and pretend it got lost in the mail. Besides, what’s the worst that can happen? It’s not like missing jury duty is a crime…or is it? Continue reading to find out what happens if you ignore a jury summons.

Failure to Appear for Jury Duty Cases

One person not likely to ignore another jury summons is Jermaine Dupri, CEO of So So Def Recordings. Dupri recently served a three-day jail sentence in Fayetteville, Georgia for missing jury duty in March 1999. With as much as 80 percent of the population shirking jury duty in some counties, more courts are starting to crack down.

In 2003, Massachusetts fined nearly 48,000 people $2000 each for missing jury duty, under new laws that criminalize repeat offenders. Los Angeles County has fined residents who failed to serve jury duty a total of over $940,000. New York County fined 1,443 jury dodgers in Manhattan $250 each.

Consequences of Ignoring a Jury Summons

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