Absolutely not. There is no debtor's prison in the US. I would just contact the billing office of the hospital or the debt collector and explain the hardship. If a collection agency makes a threat to prosecute your husband criminally, that would violated the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and subject them to statutory damages and attorney fees. Because of the nature of arrest threats, it may also provide actual damages. Good Luck.
No you can't get arrested for not paying a debt. It sounds though like there might already be a judgment against your husband and if so the hospital could probably start attempting to collect the debt from your husbands non exempt assets under any state collection laws. Mr. Feagle is right that the best thing is to contact the hospital, explain the situaton and see if they will forebear collection until your husband finds another job.
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You can not be arrested. They can attempt to garish you wages.
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Absolutely not. If the a 3rd party debt collector has told you that you can, that is a violation of the FDCPA and I suggest that you contact a local FDCPA attorney immediately. These cases are usually done on contingency basis and you should get a free consultation.
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