If I have recieved a summons to go to court to give evidence against someone,what happins I do not attend?

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If I have recieved a summons to go to court to give evidence against someone,what happins I do not attend?

Asked on July 28, 2012 under Criminal Law, Hawaii

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you fail to attend trial to testify after you were personally served with a trial subpoena without approval from the person issuing the subpoena, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

When that happens, law enforcement will be sent to arrest you, you will be arrested and placed in jail to appear before the court and give the required testimony. I suggest that you attend the court hearing where you have been ordered to appear.


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