Must I obey a subpoena?

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Must I obey a subpoena?

I was the 911 caller of a shooting. I did not witness the crime nor was I a victim. I simply found the victim and called 911. Now I am being subpoened to court. I do not wish to testify nor do I have the time. Is there anything I can do to avoid appearing in court? Do I have the right to remain anonomous?

Asked on October 25, 2013 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You might try to see if the parties can take your sworn testimony off of trial in front of a court reporter like a deposition. If not, you may wish to indicate to the prosecutor that you fear for your safety and wish to remain anonymous and can only serve a limited role of being the one who called 911. If you can, try speaking with legal aid if you don't wish to hire private counsel and see if anything can be done to help you out.


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