Is it illegal to avoid being served?

Is it illegal to avoid being served?

A common question that arises in the context of criminal defense cases, as well as others we handle, is \u201cIs it illegal to avoid being served legal papers?\u201d While avoiding being served by a process server, or the individual tasked with delivering the papers, is not illegal, it does result in consequences.

How often will a sheriff try to serve papers?

Even in the same state, the number of required attempts may vary depending on the county. Generally, process servers make at least three attempts to serve somebody. These attempts are normally made at different times of day and on different days to maximize our chance of serving the papers.

What happens if they can’t find you to serve you?

Process severs and private investigators, can access public, private databases and social media to find new information to locate you and if they can’t find you, generally you will be served through Publication.

Can you file for divorce and not go through with it?

Many people begin the divorce process and soon find that they have changed their minds. When a divorce petition has not yet been filed with the court, there is no obligation to continue with the divorce, even if you have already hired an attorney.