Baton Rouge, LA asked in Criminal Law for Texas

Q: Does getting a subpoena mean you will definitely have to testify?

My husband was told he was going to receive a subpoena to witness in an up coming trial. They also told him they might not use him at all. I thought subpoenas had to have dates and times, etc. declaring when someone will have to testify. Please help me understand.

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Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: A regular subpoena is a court order to appear and be prepared to give honest testimony. A subpoena duces tecum is a court order to provide evidence (typically documents) and it may specify a deadline that is before whatever trial or court setting where the evidence might be used to give the attorneys an opportunity to review it and perhaps make follow-up requests.

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