People call me all the time and ask this question. The usual scenario I see is they are a witness in some misdemeanor offense, or they are a victim of a misdemeanor offense. If a person is listed on the police report in any fashion, he or she will likely get a subpoena to come to court.
A subpoena is an order of the Court requiring a person to appear on a certain date and time. Subpoenas must be personally served and the person subpoenaed must have reasonable time to respond.
So what happens if you ignore a subpoena and don’t go to court? At the least, the case you are involved with may get dismissed. At the worst, you could get charged with contempt of court and a warrant could be issued for your arrest. Trust me, in our city, if you get a warrant you will get caught, and soon. So play it safe, and don’t ignore a subpoena.
My private practice focuses on Workers’ Comp and Wills and Estates, but please do not hesitate to call with any legal related question. I will help you find the right attorney for your particular issue.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts.” -Winston Churchill