What is a Subpoena?
A subpoena is a written order from a court commanding a person to appear before it.
What are Subpoenas Used For?
Subpoenas are typically used to:
- make someone attend a deposition,
- make a witness appear and testify in court, or
- make a person bring or produce documents, records, or physical things.
When can a Subpoena be Issued?
Subpoenas are issued on behalf of a court by a clerk or an attorney working for it. Once a party properly requests a subpoena, the court grants them the power to have it served upon another person.
What are the Consequences for not Responding to a Subpoena?
- Revocation of a driver's license,
- Paying fines, ranging from $100 to $50,000,
- Adverse effects on child support situations, or
- Jail time, ranging from 90 days to one year.
Do I Need an Attorney if I am Served Subpoena for Something?
If you have received a subpoena for something, or are trying to subpoena another person, it is highly recommended that you contact an attorney immediately because they will be able to explain the situation and advise you of your rights.
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Last Modified: 05-07-2012 01:31 PM PDT
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