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I received a subpoena do I have to go?

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I (victim) received a subpoena and my mom did as well but she isn't a witness of anything. I don't want to go because I don't want to testify against him and I don't want to press charges on him. Can I ignore it and what will happen? If its mandatory and I go what should I say? do I have the right not to say anything at all and do I have the right to not press charges on him? Why does my mom have to go?

the subpoena was bought to me by a social worker when I wasn't home.

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How was it served? If it was legally served you have to go. If fyou fail to go the DA can get a material witness order and have you arrested and brought to court for the purpose of setting bail to ensure you appear in court.

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If it wasn't served on you personally, then you can't be held in contempt.

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