If an individual is asked to go to court to speak against someone and they don't want to, do they have to?

Asked over 1 year ago - Austin, TX

Domestic Violence. Happened in 2011 around October. The person does not want to go to court and speak against this individual. How do they avoid going to court unwillingly?

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  1. Paul Holt Walcutt

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    Answered . If the person has been properly subpoenaed and they don't appear, then the judge could order a writ of attachment (arrest) and have a deputy come take them to jail. If not properly subpoenaed, there is no consequence. The witness should call a local criminal defense attorney for more info.

  2. Richard Timothy Jones

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    Answered . If not under subpoena, then no requirement to attend. If under subpoena, then failure to attend could result in a deputy coming to bring that person to court.

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  3. Henry Lebensbaum

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    Answered . Speak to a lawyer.

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