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Can a debt collector garnish wages for an old medical bill

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Can a debt collector garnish wages for an old medical bill in the state of South Dakota?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LegalKnowledge replied 5 years ago.

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Prior to a debt collector garnishing your wages, they would first need to obtain a judgment against you. This is stated in the statute: 21-18-3.1. Garnishment of earnings prohibited prior to judgment. Garnishment of earnings may only be used following a final judgment in the principal action. If a judgment were to be obtained AND it was not being paid, then garnishment could be sought by the plaintiff. Of course, there are limitations to the amount they are able to obtain but it is possible, if they go through the legal process. Please
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