What to do if my daughter received a subpoena to appear as a witness in a court case?

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What to do if my daughter received a subpoena to appear as a witness in a court case?

The court case is scheduled for the end of this month. My daughter recently married a Marine and is relocating out of state in 3 days. I notified the States Attorney’s office of this move almost a month ago, supplied all the supporting documentation needed (i.e. their marriage license, her husband’s military paperwork and their housing paperwork). The prosecuting attorney doesn’t want to excuse my daughter stating that she must appear. I then informed that my daughter was given a breathalizer at the police station and blew a .29. If she must appear, who is responsible for paying for her airfare/transportation? No one seems to want to answer any questions.

Asked on August 6, 2013 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

Maury Beaulier / MinnesotaLawyers.com

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

A subpoeana is an Order of the COurt.  If she does not appear, the person serving the Subpoena may ask the court to require an appearance by having the person detained and brought to court by law enforcement.  The only way to legally avoid a subpoena is by filing a Motion to quash and seeking a protective order.   You should retain counsel.

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