I am an ex-felon and just got a summons in the mail. I am ordered to report for duty, but could it be a mistake?
I am a registered voter with a valid drivers license, so is it possible that this is a mistake?
I have been gainfully employed and a productive member of society for almost 8 years. Does jury duty get restored like voting?
As long as your conviction remains a felony, you are ineligible to serve on a jury.
However, you shouldn't just blow off the jury summons. Contact the jury commissioner on the number on the summons and explain your situation. They may tell you that you still need to show up, or they may be able to remove your name from the list of prospective jurors.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to have it reduced to a misdemeanor under Penal Code §17(b) or Proposition 47, which would remove the jury disqualification. It may be worth your time to have a local attorney review your record to see if you're eligible. All petitions for resentencing under Proposition 47, which passed last November, must be filed by November, 2017.
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The summons you received has a phone number to call to talk to someone in the juror services office. Do not just ignore the summons, or you could be faced with an order to show cause re: contempt for not obeying the jury summons. Explain your situation tot he juror services office, and they will let you know if you have to show up. Parenthetically, you may be improperly registered to vote.
I agree with Mr. Marshall. Contact the jury commissioner during the week. This isn't that big of deal, really. Tell them you have a felony conviction and then all shall be well. Best wishes. We recently had someone post a "question" here asking if they should get a felony in order to avoid jury duty--which was a bizarre question indeed.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney--20 years experience
As a productive member of society, you need to at least show up, Most likely, the defense will want you because you know the system-the Pros. will kick you off. Best to get your civil duty over with. Even lawyer have to attend jury duty. I usually get kicked off though due to being a lawyer! Best
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Having a felony conviction disqualifies you for service as a juror. However, because it seems you didn't get a summons that allows you to declare in writing on the summons form that you're not eligible because you have a felony, as most such forms do, you have to go to court to show your ineligibility. Try going to the clerk responsible for sending out the summons for jury duty and inform him/her of your problem. That might prevent you from getting another summons in the future as well as off the jury panel without having to answer questions or making statements in court about your ineligiblity to serve.
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