What Happens If You Skip Jury Duty In Texas?
I'm 33 years old and have never been summoned for jury duty. I hear my friends complain about it from time to time. It doesn't seem like it's the most exciting thing in the world to most people. I personally think it might actually be sort of interesting, and I'm still hoping that one day I'll get a summons in the mail. Until then, let's find out how much trouble you can get into if you actually skip out on jury duty altogether.
If you make up a fake excuse to get out of it or fail to answer your jury duty summons, Texas can charge you with contempt of court. This carries a fine of anywhere between $100 and $1000.
Excuses to miss jury duty that are permissible include the following:
- Mental or physical impairment
- Not speaking English
- Religious holidays
- You are over the age of 70
- You have a child under the age of 12 that you must care for at home
- You are a student enrolled at a secondary school
- You are taking higher education classes and need to be present for class
- You have a job with the legislative branch of the government
- You are the primary caretaker of someone that is disabled
- Serving as a member of the jury would cause you hardship
So, make sure you take your jury summons seriously unless you've got a legitimate excuse! And, fingers crossed that I get summoned sometime! Until then, I'll just be watching true crime documentaries at home.
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