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I am a witness in a case going to trial and i have not bewn sapenad i got a ticket to leave im staying with a sick aunt for 2 months what is my options can i ne in trouble? Im in las vegas. Nevada

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Las vegas nevada is where i am

They can subpoena you up until the time you leave the state and you wold be obligated to either appear or to hire a lawyer to file a Motion to Quash the Subpoena. The state's subpoena powers don't stretch beyond the state line and they can't compel you to appear unless they have served you with a subpoena. You can get into trouble for "dodging a subpoena" but that is rarely seen and really only applies if you are leaving town for the specific purpose of not being served.

Without serving you a subpoena (or you agreeing to appear and waiving the subpoena) they can neither force you to come back for the trial nor can you get into trouble.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I was only sapenad for the pelium hearing witch they waived the right so it's going to jury trial i still cant get in trouble i was at court for thst
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That was a question not statement
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Can i ask another question

It depends on whether the judge held that the people subpoenaed for the preliminary hearing were still under subpoena for the entire duration of the case. If you're not sure about that then you need to get a local lawyer to look at the court record.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
What proof would i need to not get in trouble for leaving

If you have been subpoenaed then there is no proof you can offer. Your only alternative is to file a Motion to Quash the Subpoena. Usually if someone is subpoenaed for pretrial the judge extends the subpoena through the trial.

Other than that, just a copy of when you booked your tickets or just a description of what you did. I've never seen anyone get into trouble for leaving without a subpoena but I have read cases about it.

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