he was on a motor bike and they followed him onto my prop. and when they seen the bike asked me if the bike was mine and i said no they asked if my friend was driving it a few min. ago i said he came over on it
The short answer is that yes, if you have been served a subpoena, you do have to show up and testify truthfully, as you will be placed under oath.
If you do not show up, the case will likely get continued and a warrant issued for your arrest. The police can then arrest you and hold you in custody or require bail for your release.
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Yes, you do need to show up. If you do not go to court, the judge can have you arrested and put in jail for contempt of court. You should also tell the truth. If you tell a lie when testifying, they can charge you with perjury.
I know it can be very frustrating to get a subpoena against a friend, but ignoring it would get you in deep trouble.
A subpoena is a court order to appear. If a person has been properly served (generally, personal service is required; mail is not good enough); then if they fail to appear the party issuing the subpoeana can ask the court to have the person taken into custody for contempt of court proceedings. But, a witness who does not want to testify can do things to accomplish that. One of those things is to retain a "witness lawyer" to help them reach their goals.
The short answer is yes, it is posible, but not likely. Yu may seek a [rotectiveorder if there is a basis to challenge the subpoeana. However, you raise no issues that would make that a likely proposition. Accordingly, as counsel indicated earlier, you may refuse to show up and the court would continue the case and issue a warrant for your appearance.
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