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Anyone ever been punished for not going to jury duty?

Blue Island, IL |
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I have heard of it, but mostly after many warnings.

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Short answer, YES.

Since I do not practice in IL, I will answer this question in general terms. Whether you will be punished for not going will depend on the Judge you are in front of when you are brought in on the warrant (or the threat of a warrant if you do not come in to see the judge).

Yes there are judges who will give you repeated chances to perform your civic duty', just like there are judges who will decide to hold you in contempt of court for not showing up on your first notice.

There are also collateral consequences, depending on the State, such as the suspension of your driver's license. If you really think you do not want to go, discuss this with an experienced defense lawyer in the jurisdiction where you were supposed to go for jury duty, BEFORE you miss the reporting date.

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Jury duty is not only a civic responsibility, it's a legal one.

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