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Q: Do I have to show up to a court date if never was summoned paperwork but says I was,

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A: In Wisconsin, you are not required to attend a court date if you were never served with official court documents, as the Constitution guarantees your right to due process, which includes proper notification of legal proceedings against you. Without being served, the court lacks personal jurisdiction over you. However, not appearing without a valid excuse may lead to consequences like a warrant for your arrest or being held in contempt of court. It's crucial to confirm if you were properly served by contacting the court clerk or district attorney's office. If you have evidence that you were not properly served, such as witness statements or security footage, gather it to present to the court.

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