Q: I am a contractor in Hickory/Lenoir area who was on last day completing 2nd remodeling project for homeowner.
On final day they assaulted us verbally and threatened myself, due to repeated material delays and damaged product and illness late winter. We called 911 and 2 Deputies arrived. We removed tools/equipment from that job, leaving only couple last items on job for homeowner to install themselves. Our business lawyer told us to issue Demand for Payment for final balance of that contract. Deputy instructed me to go to Magistrates office and file charges which I did. Now 8 months later, repeated court delays by DA pushing issue back, recently I now was given an inner-office Criminal Summons (?) at recent hearing which yet again, Defendant never showed, and told a new hearing was set for Sept. 12th. This summons states "Holding homeowner hostage" and "Not completing job that was paid for"...??? NONE of this makes sense and I never had anything like this toxic situation happen to me and hundreds of satisfied customers & referrals in this region. What do we do? I recently had a heart attack.
A: If you received a criminal summons, hire a criminal defense attorney ASAP. Your business lawyer should be able to refer you to one in your area. Its a he said she said situation, and if this person who never shows up doesn't show up at the hearing, the criminal attorney should be able to get the case dismissed.
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