Can you be held in contempt of court by avoiding being served papers to testify in a criminal case

I’ve been avoiding the sherriff trying
to serve me papers to testify against
my boyfriend in an assault case. Can I
be held in contempt for not being
served?

Asked on March 29, 2017 under Criminal Law, Maryland

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

It is not illegal to avoid or "evade" service of a subpoena.  However, there are other ways for them to meet the service requirement without physically handing it to you. If they so meet these requirements and you do not show incourt for a criminal matter, you could be held in ontempt of court and have a bench warrant issued for your arrest for failure to appear.


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