I’m involved with a sexual harassment case against a former coworker. Over the summer the AG contacted me because this coworker (who has a professional license) is being investigated by the licensing board and the AG office. I agreed to come in for an interview. Fast forward several months later, I receive a call from the AG saying that if this person doesn’t settle, I will need to testify against him and he and his lawyer can cross examine me. I’ve been stuck in a panic attack for three days. I cannot and will not be in the same room as this person. What can I do to avoid testifying? I told the AG I didn’t want to but she said I would be subpoenaed to testify. I should note that this investigation was not sparked by me, but by at least one of his clients. My harassment/assault happened almost five years ago.
If you are properly subpoenaed you cannot refuse to testify unless your testimony would result in criminal charges against you. From what you say that is not the case. If you are subpoenaed and refuse to testify or fail to appear, a warrant can be issued for your arrest and you could be held until you did testify.
You might want to retain a lawyer where you live and see if you have any other options.
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