The state pressed charges on my Ex boyfriend for domestic violence, the court asked that I am a witness for the case. I chose not to go to the hearing and be a witness. The court later sent me a Show cause order and rescheduled the hearing for the same day as the show cause order. What are my rights legally in this case?
You must go to the Show Cause Hearing. It sounds like you already violated a subpoena and failed to appear the first time. If you do not appear for the Show Cause, you could face serious consequences. Go to the hearing and explain to the prosecutor what you are concerned about. You may want to consider discussing this in private with a lawyer so he/she can determine what precisely is stated in the Show Cause Order and the possible penalties for non-compliance.
You may not be willing, but the State can compel you to attend. You are at risk for being picked up and escorted to the court by a large, polite man in a blue uniform!
Get it over with.
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