A man rear ended my car and took off, there was no damage but I called the police to file the report since I saw his plate. I was not hurt and the damages to my car where minimal to none. We had to appear in court today, I was being called in by the state as a witness. It turns out that the man charged was not the driver but his friend was. So today the charges were being shifted and now I'll have to go to court again. The man today plead not guilty and said he'll have a lawyer with him the next time. I'm assuming next time is when I'll have to tell my side of the story. How can I do a 'call in' instead of coming into court? Also what happens if he pleas not guilty again next time we go to court? At this point I just want to be involved any more and want to move on.
If you subpoenaed to show up in person to court, you have to show in up person and testify (although you don't have to incriminate yourself) or you may fact contempt or court charges.
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If you are subpoenaed then you must be present unless you have been notified that the subpoena was quashed or if the party serving subpoena states that you do not have to appear. Good Luck.
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You cannot do a "call in." You have to appear in municipal court again if you are subpoenaed to be there. You do not need a lawyer. If you have to testify, just tell the truth. Maybe the defendant works out a plea agreement with the prosecutor and you do not have to testify at all.
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