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Can a Creditor Throw Me in Jail for Not Paying My Debt in Florida?

In many countries around the world, if you cannot pay your debt, you can be thrown in jail. The United States is not one of those countries. In the U.S., you cannot be thrown in jail for defaulting on your financial obligations. (An exception is child support obligations or when you are ordered to do so by a court- you are not actaully put in jail for failing to pay the debt, but for being in contempt of court for not following the judges order)

A creditor can, however, take you to court and get a judgment against you. It is very important if a creditor files suit against you to contact a Florida Bankrupcty attorney to discuss your case. If you do not properly and timely answer the creditor’s complaint, the creditor can get a default judgment against you, even if you dispute the validity of the debt. After getting a default against you, the creditor may be able to garnish your pay. A Jacksonville consumer law attorney can help you defend your suit and even negotiate with the creditor. Call 904-685-1200 today for a free consultation.

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