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What were you sued for?
I was sued for not paying a $1000 to a car dealership while I had a rental that I got into an accident with
I wouldn't mind paying the $1000
Have you gone to trial?
I've turned myself in after the last body attachment was issued and I was issued a new court, which I missed since I thought that it was a month after I had showed up to court
So I didn't pay much attention to the paper work which I was given until the next month and when I did read it, I found out that my trial date had been on the same month that I had turned myself in when the body attachment was issued
OK. The first problem is that you haven't been paying attention to the paper work. That's the most important part of being in court, as the documents will tell you what the controversy is and when to show up.
If you don't show up, then the judge is going to hold you in contempt, which is why you keep getting placed in jail.
This, of course, you know already.
Yes I do
But what you need to do next is find out what part of the lawsuit you are in now.
How can I find that out?
You need to find out if a "default judgment" has been issued by the court against you.
And if so, you need to get a copy of it.
Do you know what court it is in?
Yes, its in Rockville, MD
ok...but what is the name of the court?
Is it in "District Court"
DISTRICT COURT FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY - CIVIL SYSTEM
That's what I'm seeing
ok...give me a second and let me see if that county has an on line system
This may take a second for me to look for so just hand tight with me ok?
No problem, I'll be here
OK. Unfortunately, Montgomery County doesn't have online access to the court records
So, what you need to do is call this number: (NNN) NNN-NNNN
That is the number to the court clerk.
You are going to give the clerk the "cause number"
Can you locate that number on your document?
I believe that the case number XXXXX XXXXX
there you go.
OK...let me back up.
Do you see what court number it is?
Or what the judge's name is?
Actually...give me one second...I just found another portal that could be useful to this discussion.
I'm not seeing the judges name
all good. I just located your case online.
Let me take a look at the records and I'll see what I can figure out for you.
I was just gonna suggest that
OK. The last record on the court's system shows that on October 4, 2011 another Notice of Body Attachment was issued by the Court
It also shows that the Court has already issued a judgment against you for $1,065.00
The easiest way to get rid of this thing would be to pay it....
But here's what I suggest.
You need to call the Plaintiff's attorney
So, what can I do to rectify this and avoid spending time in jail for something that I'd rather have taken care of
Do you have their phone number?
I'm seeing the plaintiffs attorneys name and firm, so locating their phone number shouldn't be hard at all
Yup, that looks right
Call that attorney and tell them that you want to pay.
What should I do once I call?
And that should take care of it? And what about the body attachment?
Yeah, if they agree to take payment, then that's the only reason that there should be the need for a body attachment.
You need to say "I will pay the amount due in exchange for a release of judgment"
That way, you pay the money,, they release you from the judgment and you should be good to go.
If you can't pay the entire amount, then let the attorney know
See if they will agree to a payment plan or something
I can and want to pay the entire amount. The only reason why I missed the trial is because I didn't pay enough attention to the paperwork.
That is the last time I will not pay attention to legal paperwork
OK...just give the attorney a call...but don't pay unless they agree to give you a release of judgment
And agree to call the court and request that the body attachment order be cancelled upon your payment
Ah, thanks for that tid bit of info
No worries. Is there anything further I can do for you?
Nope, you have been beyond awesome. If you were next to me, I believe that I could possibly hug you and I am not the hugging type
Ha! Thanks! XXXXX!
Thank you so much for your advice Zach! And I will get this resolved!