I'm from California but I was a witness to a DUI crash that occurred all the way in Idaho. I am now being subpoena'ed as a witness for the DUI criminal trial of the drunken driver coming up in February. Being that I'm from California, will I get in trouble if I don't show up to the hearing/trial? I hear that witnesses who have been subpoena'ed can be reimbursed for their time as a witness. I would have to buy an airline ticket to go to Idaho.
Depends on the state and the local rules, but usually no fee for witnesses. Check with the local District Attorney
I think that it is way outside the jurisdiction of the court for any party to have the court to exercise power to force you to testify.
Tell the person who sent it to you that you do not intend to show up but will sit for a deposition in your own town during non-business hours.
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