Received summons to be a witness

I received a summons to be a witness in
a case but I will be out of town during
the trial. Can I get out of having go?

Asked on May 31, 2016 under Business Law, Utah


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It sounds as though you received a "subpeona" since you are a witness. This means that the court has ordered you to appear and testify. If you don't go then you can be held it contempt of court; this can involve a fine and/or jail time. Your best bet is to contact the issuing authority, explain your situation and hope they don't compel you to still appear.

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