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What Should You Do When You Receive a Subpoena?

A subpoena is a notice that you are required to appear for a court proceeding, such as to answer questions at a deposition, or to supply certain documents.

You may not ignore a subpoena. If you fail to appear at the time and place specified you could be held in contempt of court, which could result in a fine or a jail sentence.

If you are subpoenaed, there are certain steps you should take immediately:

  • Read the entire subpoena before contacting the State Attorney’s Office.
  • Once you have read the entire subpoena, call the State Attorney’s Office if you have any questions.  This phone number is listed on the subpoena.
  • If a date and time for appearance is specified, call to confirm the information before appearing. Always leave contact information in case something changes and you are not needed.

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