We receive a lot of calls at the office from people asking all sorts of different legal questions.
This week we have received several calls asking about what they should do if they received a subpoena but did not show up to court.
A subpoena is a legally binding court order that requires you to appear and give sworn testimony in court on the date and time indicated.
So what happens if you do not appear? You may be held in contempt of court and it could possibly result in having a warrant issued for your arrest. Therefore, it is in your best interest to go to court as ordered unless you can show that you were not “personally” served or that you had another justifiable reason (medical, work, school) that prevented you from showing up.
If you were personally served with a subpoena and you are not sure what to do, you should then seek legal advice in order to avoid making a bad decision.