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Criminal Subpoena Questions

What is a Criminal Subpoena?

A criminal subpoena is an official notice, issued by the court, when someone is required to appear in court about a criminal case.

What does Subpoena mean?

It is a Latin word that stands for "under penalty", and if somebody delivers a subpoena to the individual they are required to respond. A subpoena is a demand from a court to appear before it and testify under oath as a witness or create some sort of written evidence.

If someone needs to subpoena his or her time record to dispute information on a criminal background check, how can he or she do this?

To obtain a subpoena there are a few issues. Initial a legal representative or the judge could give one out. Subsequent, there must be a pending lawsuit and from that case a subpoena might issue. If it is difficult to obtain a legal representative to give one, the judge could do so in the circumstance of a lawsuit or the individual could seek a local counsel using martindale.com

If someone gets a subpoena to court as a witness can they invoke the 5th, or what can they do to not testify?

One has to show up to testify if subpoenaed. If the individual were asked anything that would subject them to criminal liability, they would simply decline to answer based upon the Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination

Must a psychologist testify at a criminal trial under subpoena only, without a court order?

Yes, if the psychologist is subpoenaed he or she is obligated to give evidence even with no court order.

If someone got a subpoena to go to court and was wondering if they could plea the fifth or any way not to answer the questions, because they are a victim of a stun-gun attack and later was assaulted by the same person. Since then they have been threatened by the same person to be hurt real bad or worse if he or she was to say anything in court.

The individual needs to think getting in touch with the District Attorney and informing them of the threats. That in itself is an offense intimidation of a witness. On the other hand, if the individual is ill at ease with that, the individual could go to court, talk to the judge, and take the fifth to protect him or herself.

There are times that you need answers to your tough questions — questions that may be too sensitive for you to consult a friend or co-worker. Sometimes, you may want to discuss your issues with a neutral party who is experienced in the legal area that you are dealing with. If you are having issues with criminal subpoena or just need answers to your questions pertaining to a criminal subpoena you can ask Experts. Experts answer many of the legal questions related to a criminal subpoena in an efficient and knowledgeable manner.
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    Our 22-year-old son is a college student in California. He was pulled over on July 2 on his way home from work (not charged with any traffic violations) because the police officer in the vehicle behind him "ran his tag" and found a warrant from 2011 for hit-and-run.
    He was arrested, allowed by the nice officer "just doing his job" (and I'm not questioning that) to call us BEFORE he took him to jail. We (his parents) live in the state of Georgia, where he grew up. I should note that his vehicle is still registered in Georgia and he has a Georgia driver's license because he is a dependent college student under the age of 24 whose vehicle is registered in his home state. We did not receive a subpoena or any other notice of this at our home address in Georgia, and our son did not receive any notice in connection with this at his California address either.
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