Can I be forced to travel and testify at a trial?

There were 2 felonies that were committed against me last year when I lived in another state. The prosecution is now telling me that I am compelled to travel back to testify. I do not want to, can they make me?

Asked on March 14, 2014 under Criminal Law, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If they issue you a subpoena (an official court document) for your appearance, you can be required to travel and testify, but would be entitled to compensation for travel expenses and a small amount of compensation for your time--you should contact the court and find out the parameters or guidelines for compensation, if you are subpoened.

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