is there a way to avoid a supena to go to court?

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is there a way to avoid a supena to go to court?

i am the victim in a domestic violence case but i do not wish to go to court even though i have received a supena

Asked on May 4, 2009 under Criminal Law, Nevada

Answers:

J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

While I am not licensed in NV, but rather CT, the rules on subpoeas  are common in most states. Generally, in the criminal context, there are very few ways to quash a subpoena.  I do not have enough info to make a detailed suggestion as I do not know the reason behind you not wanting to attend court.  Are you afraid to ciminalize yourself?  In that case, you should speak to a lawyer immediately so that he/she can guide you.  If you just dont want to go to court because you dont want to get the defendant in trouble, then there may not be a sufficient reason for you not to testify. If you do not appear in court, the judge could issue an arrest warrant for you - which is not what you want.  If you go to court and refuse to answer questions, the court could prosecute you for interfering with a prosecution.  Again, I would speak to a lawyer immediately to determine the basis for your not wanting to testify and your options under the state subpoena statute.  No showing up is not a good idea.


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