A capias is a civil arrest warrant issued against a person who fails to appear in court or comply with a court order in a civil lawsuit, small claims action, probate and family court matter or other civil court action. The capias is given to the plaintiff to arrange service with an officer authorized to serve “civil process” such as a constable. The capias authorizes the officer to compel the person to appear in court either voluntarily or under arrest if necessary in order to answer to his/ her alleged contempt so that the plaintiff can recover what they’re owed.

Snider & D’Amato Constables are sworn officers authorized to serve capias arrest warrants and arrest defendants in these types of actions in the Massachusetts cities of Boston, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Malden, Revere, Chelsea, Woburn, Lynn, Peabody, Salem and Beverly and offers two methods of service:

Service by Voluntary Appearance: This option is recommended in cases where the defendant simply may not know about the capias warrant and will appear on his/ her own after being contacted by an officer.

Service by Arrest: This option is recommended is cases where the defendant has intentionally neglected to obey the court order, is aware of the case and shows no intent to honor the court’s order.

Please Note: Any costs associated with having a capias served may be recovered from the defendant in court.

To have a capias served stop by our office today, give us a call or email us to learn more about how we can help you recover what you’re owed.