What happens if I received a subpoena to testify as a witness for the state and I don't go? 12 Answers as of November 24, 2012

It is in a juvenile court.

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
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
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
If you do not go then you end up in jail. That is what happens.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/21/2012
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
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: 11/21/2012
Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
The judge can hold you in contempt and issue a warrant for your arrest.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/21/2012
Shane Law Office
Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
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: 11/21/2012
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    You could be charged with contempt of court and sent to jail, upon conviction.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    Craig Epifanio, P.A.
    Craig Epifanio, P.A. | Craig Epifanio
    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: 11/20/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    The prosecutor can request a material witness warrant and you may be arrested.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    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: 11/20/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    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: 11/20/2012
    Langford Law Firm
    Langford Law Firm | Theresa Langford
    If you were served, you have to show up. Your alternative is to hire a lawyer and determine if you have grounds to quash the subpoena.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It is up to the judge. The judge could issue a material witness warrant, in which case, the police could go out and arrest you and bring you to court to testify.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/20/2012
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