If subpenoaed must I apear and testify?
Question Details: I'm being subpoenaed to go and testify against my boyfriend regarding a domestic violence chrge. However, he did not hurt me and I want the charges dropped.
First of all, a subpeona is a court order to appear. Failure to do so can lead to fines and possible jailtime. Accordingly,, you need to show up. Further, in a criminal case, only the stae can drop the charges, not the alleged victim. The fact is that if there is other evidence to support a conviction, then the state will proceed with the case. Consequently, while the victim's cooperation would be helpful, it is not always necessary.
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