You should retain an attorney to make the argument to the court that you can not appear for the subpoena. Also, you can put in writing to both side's attorneys that you are unavailable and would be happy to have your deposition taken before the time that you have to leave. Good luck to you.
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You can attempt to hire an attorney, file a motion for protective order, and see if it can be heard by the judge prior to the trial, but it might be a stretch. Is there any reason you cannot appear telephonically?
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The trial is THIS WEEK? Did you have any idea you may be subpoenaed? Did your boyfriend tell you that you were on anyone's witness list? I agree with Ms. Mora; try to call the attorneys and see if you can testify by phone. Otherwise, you may need your own lawyer. Can your trip be postponed?
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Contempt charges---this is not a department store issue. This is you being under a subpoena which is a court order telling you to be some place. The penalty for contempt is JAIL.
Excuse me for putting my nose where it doesn't belong, but from what I read, it is YOUR boyfriend who is putting you in jeopardy. His ex's attorney seems to be working with you, by offering you alternatives to being in a courtroom. Sit for a deposition tomorrow. Call to the Courtroom at a specific time. None of that is unreasonable. So, I suspect and feel as my colleagues have mentioned that you need your OWN attorney to represent your interests. You can not rely on your boyfriend's attorney to represent YOUR interests.
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