What happens if I get a subpoena but don't show up in court?
I put my ex-boyfriend in jail for abusing me but he hasn't been sentenced yet. I want nothing else to do with this but I hear that I'm getting subpoenaed to go. Do I have to go to court? What will happen if I don't go?
A subpoena is a legal document that obligates a person to appear in court. If you live within 100 miles of the court you are obligated to show up for court. If you do not show up the court can order that you are arrested. Depending on the state statute regarding failing to appear in response to a valid subpoena, you can be fined by the court. If you are concerned that you may face criminal prosecution based on the testimony that you give at trial for whatever reason, you still need to appear, but you can hire a lawyer and determine whether you want to take the 5th on any lines of questioning. However, in this case, the state simply wants you to explain what happened to the judge. I suggest that you show up and cooperate here as it is almost over.