Case management conference scheduled to obtain a default judgement against me. It's a civil lawsuit unlimited. This is in the San Francisco area. I don't own a home only a mid 2000s car. I work part time paid cash. What can happen to me? Will I be sent to jail? It's a lawsuit for fraud. Can criminal charges be brought up?
You are being sued. This is not a criminal matter and you will not be arrested. The plaintiff can obtain a default judgment against you if you have not responded to the lawsuit. If you or your attorney appears at the case management conference, the court will not enter a default. No one can attach your assets or income unless and until a judgment is entered against you and the plaintiffs obtain a writ of execution. Apparently, you are not even close to having to worry about that. Instead, it appears that you can avoid a default judgment, and I strongly suggest you do so.
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You should show up and tell the court that you need to find pro bono counsel as you do not want to ever have a fraud judgment against you as it could affect your ability to get a job or an apartment
You may want to try to set aside the default and default judgment so you can put on your defense to the case. Fraud has to be proven to a higher standard (clear and convincing evidence). Also fraud is not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
A judgment against you is good for ten years, earns interest at 10% and can be renewed into perpetuity. It could turn into an inconvenient blockage to getting on with other things in your life.
You won't be arrested for a civil fraud judgment. But if you disobey a court order (like an order to appear for examination) an arrest warrant may issued for blowing off the order.
The plaintiff could complain about the problem to the police or DA. That might lead to a criminal prosecution. That would be a separate matter.
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