can I go to jail for a debt i owe?

I have a judgent in the amount of $ 5,000.00 for an uppaid debt. The attorney for the bedt collector is demanding me to fill out a financial statement. If I do not fill it out they are stating they will have me arrested. Can they have me arrested?

Asked on June 4, 2009 under Bankruptcy Law, New Jersey

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Yes. You would not be going to jail for the debt, you would be going to jail for contempt of court.  It is standard collection procedure, on a judgment, for this kind of post-judgment discovery, your creditor is looking for some way to get paid.  You have a legal obligation to complete the statement honestly, in the time allowed.  Not doing it is about the same as not showing up in court when you've been noticed.

If you have any reason to believe that your rights are being violated, or simply for a detailed explanation of your rights, based on all of the unique facts of your case, you need to talk to an attorney in your area.  Your telephone book should have a listing for the bar association's lawyer referral service, and another place to find a lawyer is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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