I am a witness in a domestic violence case in Maryland. I did not have to go to the preliminary hearing because it was an indictment. I have received two notices from the sheriff and have not responded to them to get served the subpoena. The circuit court hearing is coming up very soon.
The prosecutor can request that the Court issue a body attachment if they have reason to believe you are deliberately evading service, and have the Sheriff's try and locate you and place you in custody, appear before the judge, and decide whether to hold you until the trial to ensure you appear, or release you on bail. More likely, if the trial date arrives and they have not found you, the case may either be postponed or simply get dismissed if your testimony is crucial to the prosecution. Are you the spouse of the defendant? If so, what is your motivation for avoiding service--is it because you do not want to testify against your spouse and do not want them convicted or punished? As a spouse, you can exercise your spousal privilege not to testify. Otherwise, if they find you and serve you, then you must appear.
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