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i was subpena to testify against my daughter, do i have to go this is in the state of tennessee...
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I am sorry to learn of these circumstances. Yes, you must appear on the subpoena. Yes, you must answer all questions that are asked of you. The only questions you can refuse to answer are those where (1) the judge instructs you to not answer or (2) where your answer would result in you admitting to having committed a crime.

Otherwise, all other questions must be answered.

If you do not appear or if you refuse to testify, you can be jailed and held in contempt of court until you do testify.

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