Is a person subject to a criminal subpoena from another state?

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Is a person subject to a criminal subpoena from another state?

My spouse and I live in CA and have each received via US Postal Registered Mail a criminal subpoena to LA. Do we have to go? It would be really difficult to manage this monetarily.

Asked on August 12, 2010 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

When you say that you have received a criminal subpoena, are you referring to a warrant for your arrest, or a subpoena to testify as a witness in a criminal case?  The general rule is that it is possible for you to be extradited from one state to another pursuant to a warrant; however, it is often impossible to force someone to testify out of state as a witness.  Nevertheless, I suggest that you bring this paperwork to a local attorney so that he can evaluate it and discuss it with you in more detail.  Once in possession of the actual subpoena, a local attorney will be able to advise you with respect to your options and obligations that arise out of the subpoena.


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