My friend just got arrested in the motel where she was staying after being thrown out of the hospital because she couldn't pay the rest of the due for her cousins hospitalization bill. She signed a promissory note but til now, she and I wasn't able to raise the remaining due. The hospital will take her to the court and why was she arrested? On what grounds? You my friend go to prison for not paying on time? Right now, It's like illegal detention. How can she if she is in jail? Can I sue the hospital for stopping the treatment to her cousin? I need help please.
It sounds like you need to speak with an attorney directly in your area. I think that the reason for your friends arrest has nothing to do with the fact that she owes money that rather, she was probably arrested for some other criminal reason. From what I understand you cannot be arrested for owing money in the state of Georgia.
Whatever she was arrested for, it sure wasn't for not paying a hospital bill.
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Georgia does not have debtors prisons. The only type of debt that you can be arrested for not paying is child support. Your friend will have an arraignment hearing where they will tell them what are the specific charges. Failure to pay a hospital bill will not be the charge. In any case, your friend should consult with an attorney or ask the court for appointed counsel if the friend cannot afford one.
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