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What happens if I received a subpoena to testify as a witness for the state and I don't go?

It is in a juvenile court.

Lawrence Lewis
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The prosecutor/party may ask for a material witness warrant, and you may be arrested and held in jail until the party that subpoenaed you calls you to testify.

Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 11/24/2012

Michael Breczinski
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If you do not go then you end up in jail. That is what happens.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/20/2012


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A bench warrant or body attachment may be issued by the judge and you could be arrested and charged with contempt of court for ignoring a court order to appear in court.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/19/2012

Answer By Sally Hamblin

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The judge can hold you in contempt and issue a warrant for your arrest.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/19/2012

Answer By Robert J. Shane
Shane Law Office
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Nothing will happen if you were not personally served with the subpoena and fail to appear in court. If you were personally served with a subpoena and fail to appear in court, you could be arrested and held in contempt of court for failure to respond to a court order.

Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 11/19/2012

Answer By Gary Moore
Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
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You could be charged with contempt of court and sent to jail, upon conviction.

Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 11/19/2012

Answer By Craig Epifanio
Craig Epifanio, P.A.
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It depends on the judge, but you could theoretically be held in contempt and go to jail. Talk to an attorney in your area about likely outcomes.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 11/19/2012

Answer By Craig Andersen
Andersen Law PLLC
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The prosecutor can request a material witness warrant and you may be arrested.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 11/19/2012

The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
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You can be arrested and take to jail. You could potentially be forced to make bail or stay incarcerated to be sure that you appear.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/19/2012

Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
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If you were served by hand then you are in big trouble. If served by mail then you don't have to go.

Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 11/19/2012

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