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if u are sent a crimmial wittness sipeana by mail {not ...

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if u are sent a crimmial wittness sipeana by mail {not certified} or handed 2 in person but thru regular mail and it says 2 call within 10 days of receiving the notice to appear in court on a schulled date & you do not do either can the courts issue a warrent for your arrest.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  CrimDefense replied 8 years ago.
In order for you to appear in court, you have to be physically served with a subpoena. If you do not show as requested, you could be held in contempt of court. The key issue here, is if you were physically served and had notice onthe set court date. If the subpoena was sent in the mail, it is arguable that you never received it or received it to late. It would be hard to prove you had notice of it and attempt to hold you accountable for failing to appear. However, if you are physically served with the subpoena by a process server or officer, then it is assumed you received notice. The court is more likely to hold you in contempt of court and bring you in the justify why you failed so show, if you were physically served with a subpoena as opposed to one that was simply mailed to you.

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