You may be sitting in your office, minding your own business when someone walks in and asks if you are who you are. Thinking nothing of it, you confirm your identity. And then you get served with a subpoena.
In the United States, it is illegal to ignore a subpoena. If you have been accused of ignoring your subpoena, contact the San Jose criminal defense lawyers of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. at (408) 296-4100.
What Are Subpoenas?
The US legal system defines a subpoena as a summons to appear in court, either to testify or to provide evidence. Regardless of what you are summoned to do, subpoenas are always for criminal cases. Court summonses are the civil case equivalent, but sometimes subpoena is used to describe a court summons; the document with which you are served will notify you of what kind of case it is.
In every case, you are required to appear in court at the specified time and date. If you fail to do so, you may be charged with contempt of court, which is a criminal offense. There is usually no way to get out of a subpoena.
Subpoenas are usually issued by the court clerk, but sometimes judges will allow attorneys involved in the case to serve subpoenas. In any case, you are still required to appear in court.
Subpoenas are issued when the court thinks you know an important piece of information or possess an important piece of evidence. If you or someone you love has been accused of failing to appear in court, the San Jose subpoena attorneys of the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. may be able to help. Contact us at (408) 296-4100 to learn more about your legal rights.