Can I go to jail if I am being sued? 1 Answers as of November 15, 2011

My 16 year old stole from a store. If I don't pay 400 dollars. they are going to sue me in civil court. I am unemployed and have no property or cars etc in my name. What will happen if I don't pay? Can they put me in jail? I live in Texas.

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You cannot be prosecuted criminally for a civil debt. The only time you can be jailed is if you refuse to obey a court order. This is a civil process that comes about when you are ordered to appear and don't. You cannot be jailed for not paying by itself. It is best to answer questions and appear if subpoenaed.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 11/15/2011
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