Receiving court papers can be a stressful and scary experience. Fortunately, there are no debtor’s prisons in the United States. While a lawsuit may result in a judgment being filed against you, you cannot be sent to prison for failing to pay. You may receive, however, specific papers that require a response in order to avoid being in contempt of court. If you are being threatened with a lawsuit, have received a summons and complaint, or have already had a judgment filed against you, you can call our office to speak with our Consumer Protection Unit for counsel and advice or representation on these matters.