How to Use Jury Nullification to Get Out of Jury Duty
As an American citizen, one of your civic responsibilities is to serve jury duty. However, while jury duty is important, you may not be available to serve jury duty at certain times. Here is how to use jury nullification to get out of jury duty.
Some reasons that you might not be able to do jury duty at any given time include not being able to miss work for financial reasons, being the primary caregiver for someone, having a medical excuse, or being a college student who can't miss classes. Of course, those are not the only reasons you might need to opt out of jury duty, but they are common ones.
If you need to opt out of jury duty for any reason, DoNotPay is here to help. We will help you file a jury duty excuse.
What is Jury Duty?
Jury duty is when you sit through a trial and help determine whether someone is guilty or innocent. You cannot just skip jury duty without a valid reason. Here are some of the requirements for serving on a jury:
- Not have a disqualifying physical or mental condition
- Not been arrested for felony charges that result in imprisonment of at least a year
- Never been convicted of a felony that didn't have civil rights restored
- Be a citizen
Can Anyone File an Excuse Request?
In general, anyone can file an excuse request, but it is up to the court to decide if you should be excused.
Exempt From Jury Duty
- Paid active-duty members of the armed forces
- Paid "public officers" of state, local, or federal governments
- Paid, full-time members of professional police or fire departments
Potentially Excused From Jury Duty
|Reason:||Why It Is Excused:|
|Over the age of 70||It may prove very difficult for someone of this age to remain in court all day to serve on the jury.|
|Recent jury duty service||Those who have had to serve on a jury within the last 2 years can be excused from having to serve again that soon.|
|Volunteer First Responders||First responders receive special treatment because their services are so vital to the health of the society.|
Jury Duty Excuses
If any of the following apply to you, you might be excused from jury duty.
- Loss of income
- Prevents you from caring for someone else
- Loss of educational opportunities (for a college student)
Jury Duty Laws By State
Here is a list of the jury duty laws by state. Check out your state to get more information.
Depending on your state, the way you apply to be excused from jury duty will vary. However, you will always have to respond to your summons to explain your situation. If you don't want to deal with writing a letter on your own, DoNotPay is happy to step in and do it for you.
Use Jury Nullification to Get Out of Jury Duty With the Help of DoNotPay
Jury nullification is when someone refuses to consider someone guilty because they don't agree with the law that is causing them to be sentenced. An example of this is believing someone who killed their spouse after years of abuse isn't guilty of murder. If you tell a judge you believe in jury nullification, they might remove you from the jury.
If you want to file a jury duty excuse request but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in three easy steps:
- Search Jury Duty Excuse on DoNotPay, and enter your jury duty summons information, including the assigned date, court name, juror number, and more.
- Select your reason for excusal, and provide a few more details regarding your situation and upload evidence to prove your point.
- Enter the fax number or mailing address for the courtroom as displayed on your jury summons letter.
Why Use DoNotPay to Get Out of Jury Duty Using Jury Nullification
Trying to determine how you can be exempt from jury duty can be difficult. Let DoNotPay help by running you through potential exemptions and sending a letter to the court on your behalf.
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Jury duty is an important part of being an American citizen. However, you might have circumstances in your life that prevent you from being a juror at certain times. For instance, if you need to take care of a child or cannot miss work due to the financial loss, you might be able to get out of jury duty. Another way to get out of jury duty is by telling the judge you agree with jury nullification, which means you won't determine someone to be guilty if you don't agree with the way the law is being used to persecute them.
If you need to get out of jury duty for any reason, DoNotPay can help. Reach out today to see how we can help you get out of jury duty, among many other helpful things.