Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia

Q: if I am subpoenaed to court to testify as a witness and do not appear, what are the outcomes? served 3 business before

I am the victim, so I'm guessing they need my testimony as their only evidence. The pending charge is Abduction. I do not wish to appear. The officer on the scene requested the subpoena, he also told me that night that I would not have to testify. and now here I am with a subpoena to testify.

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Samantha Bohannon
Samantha Bohannon
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • West Point, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: If you do not appear, you can be given a Capias for Failure to Appear and possibly go to jail for not appearing. It is best to appear than to not appear. You can try talking with the Commonwealth Attorney to see if they will need you to testify that day, but if you have been subpoenaed, you need to go to Court.

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