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Can you get arrested for having debt?

I got a phone call from a collection agency about a credit card that I stopped paying 4 years ago. The guy on the phone said that if I don't pay it he'll have me arrested. I couldn't afford to pay it then and I can't afford to pay it now. Will I really be arrested? Will I go to regular prison or debtors prison?

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    Cynthia Henley | Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    7626 E. Jordan Cove
    Houston, TX 77055-5053
    (713) 222-1220
    It is a scam they are doing on people because the statute of limitations to sue has run. Report them to the attorney general's office.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Victor Rivera | Rivera Legal Group, PLLC
    1011 Surrey Lane
    Flower Mound, TX 75022
    (214) 646-3236
    You cannot be arrested for a debt, that is a violation of your constitutional rights. In addition, the collection agencies threat is a federal violation which means you can threaten them with a lawsuit.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 2/28/2013
    Mark Thiessen | Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    1017 Heights Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77008
    (713) 428-2322
    No. it's a civil case.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 2/28/2013
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