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What You Should Not Do When Being Served Papers

Being served by a process server can be an emotional situation. People can be served for a variety of reasons, including divorce, child custody, eviction, foreclosure, to serve as a witness or civil lawsuits. No matter what the reason, it is rare for someone not to be upset that they are being served. However, no matter how upset you may be, there are some things you should never do when being served court papers.

When being served legal paperwork by a process server, you should NOT:

Run Away

This one sometimes happens, and while it is humorous to watch an adult run away, it doesn’t really do anything but delay the entire process. Plus, if the process server hasn’t successfully identified you yet, they will certainly know it’s you when they see you run away.


Not only is this one unethical, but it can also actually land you in some legal trouble if a judge finds out you’ve intentionally lied to avoid being served, especially if those lies caused a significant delay to the case. Even if the process server never identifies you in person, they can still serve you through alternative service. Having to resort to alternative services will almost surely result in many more people finding out about your legal issues, so it really isn’t worth it.

React Violently

Violence is a big issue in the process serving industry. Servers are threatened and harassed frequently, and some are even assaulted or killed. It’s a real-life case of “Don’t shoot the messenger”. Obviously, reacting with violence or aggression toward a process server can lead to additional criminal charges, adding to your legal troubles. Some groups are even trying to push legislation to make assaulting a process server similar to assaulting a peace officer, which carries heavier punishments.

Ignore the Papers

Finally, while you may feel like throwing those court papers in the air and never looking back, we highly suggest you do not. Ignoring the court process doesn’t get you out of whatever obligation that process described. As a defendant, if you do not show up for court when ordered, you risk a default judgment being issued for the plaintiff, which could cost you big time. As a witness, not showing up for court when ordered can lead to a contempt of court charge, fines, and even jail time.

Process Servers in Dallas County

If you need legal process served anywhere in the greater Dallas area, look no further than the professionals at Accurate Serve® of Dallas. We have the resources, knowledge, and dedication to get your process served quickly. Call us at (469) 518-9581 or send us a work request online today!