What would happen if a person is subpoenaed as a witness to appear in court and doesn’t show up?

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What would happen if a person is subpoenaed as a witness to appear in court and doesn’t show up?

Asked on June 6, 2014 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

A subpoenaed witness who failed to appear in court would be in contempt of court and could be subject to punishment, such as being imprisoned. About the only valid reason for not appearing would be some sudden, unexpected and could not plan around medical reason (e.g. heart attack, accident).


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