Q: can a person go to jail for a $2200 loan?
A civil debt (such as as credit card debt, medical bill, etc.) is a civil matter. That's not a criminal issue, and a debt collector who falsely threatens to have a debtor arrested is in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and may be liable for damages.
That said, failure to comply with a court order can lead to an arrest for contempt of court. Some examples would be failing to appear in court when ordered to do so or failing to provide information that the judge has ordered you to provide.
*David Levin is the Partner in charge of UpRight Law's consumer rights litigation department. UpRight Law is a national law firm with licensed attorneys providing bankruptcy and consumer legal services in all 50 states. He is licensed in Illinois, Ohio and West Virginia, as well as several United States District Courts. He has 22 years of litigation experience, the last 18 of which have been focused on consumer rights litigation. This response is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice. For legal advice, consult an attorney licensed in your state with the appropriate expertise.
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