What Happens If I Fail to Appear for Jury Duty in South Carolina?

In the state of South Carolina, you may be summoned for jury duty as often as every two years—as long as you are at least eighteen years old and you are a licensed driver and/or registered voter. Once you receive a jury summons in the mail, you are legally obligated to respond. Since this is an official court summons, a failure to respond could land you in serious trouble. While the court may not choose to go after every person who has failed to respond to a jury summons, you could be fined up to $1,000 and ordered to perform community service if you knowingly fail to appear and serve. The court would also have the right to hold you in contempt for up to three days—although this is a far less likely penalty.

Some of the circumstances under which you could be excused from jury duty include:

  • You are over the age of 70
  • You cannot speak the English language
  • You have served as a juror within the last 2 years
  • You are medically unable to serve

If you or someone you love has been asked to pay a fine or complete community service for failing to appear, it may be in your best interests to consult a Lexington criminal attorney from the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC. Our firm knows how the South Carolina court systems work, so we may be able to help you resolve this matter before any legal action is taken against you. Take advantage of a free initial consultation with our Lexington criminal defense lawyer by calling today at (888) 301-6004 or filling out a free case evaluation form online.

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