The sheriff's office has visited my neighbor twice in the last couple of
years. Last one was yesterday. Do deputies serve the papers?
I'd hate to lose him as a neighbor. It's taken me years to train him. :-)
Generally they serve court papers so it sounds like a good
possibilility. Although some states allow foreclosure (but not eviction)
to be mailed. They also serve papers about taxes unpaid, arrest
warrants, general things about civil suits, if you "forget" to show up
for jury duty.
If they let them take home company cars, it could be anything. Maybe
the cop's daughter and the neighbor's is in the same Brownie Troop and
he is helping plot cookie sales.
I had a neighbor all worried about me because of the State Police car
that would show up in my driveway every few months. They were much less
concerned when I introduced my Brother-in-Law the Trooper (g).
To find that place where the rats don\'t race
and the phones don\'t ring at all.
When I was in high school a few of my friends had some worries about
me because I was being seen in a sheriff's department vehicle. Some
thought I was a narc. This only happened during duck season.
From what I see around here the notice of foreclosure is taped to the
door, the actual "notice to vacate" is hand delivered. The next day
(24-48 hours) they carry your stuff out to the curb. This is not the
same as eviction.
I got served once to give a deposition and just some ordinary looking
guy was there and when I answered door, I was served.
There is no law saying you have to answer your door and if guy was
worried and sheriff with uniform and badge showed up he could hide and
not answer. Maybe he wanted to talk to the sheriff about you ;)
I don't think so. The first time the sheriff came over to my yard and asked
where my neighbor was.
I really would hate for him to go. He's quiet as a church mouse....now. :-)
Thanks for the responses everyone!
It varies by state, area, and local custom. Around here they use
part-time semi-retired deputies driving their own cars, but in uniform.
In other areas, I have seen regular on-duty deputies, bailiffs, local
PD, town marshal, whatever. (It is amazing how many people are entitled
to carry badges in most states.) I think whoever can qualify as 'an
officer of the court', and is acceptable to the local Boss Judge, sums
it up pretty well. In most areas, after 'X' attempts at personal
service, they can tape a copy to the door of the last known address, run
an ad in the paper 2-3 times, and call it done.
But IANAL, of course.
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