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    Default Go To Jail Instead Of Paying Off Medical Bills?

    My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: California

    I have a medical bill that is too high for me to pay. The person in charge of following up on my billing told me that I will be reported to collections soon because I cannot pay. She told me that once I am reported to collections that I do face criminal prosecution and possible jail time. My question is, what is the exact law on this? How much time may I have to spend in jail to pay off the debt and can I request solitary confinement to shorten the sentence? Will this be a misdemeanor which won't stay on my record or a felony that will?

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    Default Re: Go To Jail Instead Of Paying Off Medical Bills?

    You don't go to jail over unpaid debts.

    Was this person an employee of the medical office?

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    Default Re: Go To Jail Instead Of Paying Off Medical Bills?

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    My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: California

    I have a medical bill that is too high for me to pay. The person in charge of following up on my billing told me that I will be reported to collections soon because I cannot pay. She told me that once I am reported to collections that I do face criminal prosecution and possible jail time. My question is, what is the exact law on this? How much time may I have to spend in jail to pay off the debt and can I request solitary confinement to shorten the sentence? Will this be a misdemeanor which won't stay on my record or a felony that will?

    CALIFORNIA CONSTITUTION

    ARTICLE 1 DECLARATION OF RIGHTS


    SEC. 10. Witnesses may not be unreasonably detained. A person may not be imprisoned in a civil action for debt or tort, or in peacetime for a militia fine.

    Defaulting on a civil debt, credit card, loan etc., is NOT imprisonable, by law. IF you are sued, be square with the creditors, do not hide assests, hidden money, etc., and NO criminal charges can be possibly brought for fraud, etc.

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    Default Re: Go To Jail Instead Of Paying Off Medical Bills?

    Don't worry about going to jail - they did away with debtors' prisons many years ago.
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    Default Re: Go To Jail Instead Of Paying Off Medical Bills?

    Quote Quoting NoMoney
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    My question involves collection proceedings in the State of: California

    I have a medical bill that is too high for me to pay. The person in charge of following up on my billing told me that I will be reported to collections soon because I cannot pay. She told me that once I am reported to collections that I do face criminal prosecution and possible jail time. My question is, what is the exact law on this? How much time may I have to spend in jail to pay off the debt and can I request solitary confinement to shorten the sentence? Will this be a misdemeanor which won't stay on my record or a felony that will?

    A clear FDCPA violation if it can be proven.

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