I got a subpoena and don't want to testify?

I don't want to testify in court against a burglar who stole from my car. In the police report I said I guess he was in my car I didn't say yes I saw him in my car I said I guess but the guy did have my stuff I got everything back. Can I not testify or can I just say it wasn't him? He knows me and I know there is going to be trouble when he is out. I don't want to tell police that cause it will only make things worse. What can I do?

2 Answers

  • 7 years ago

    If you received a subpoena you HAVE to go to court whether you want to or not...you are considered a "hostile witness." Explain to the police your concerns about testifying and pursue a restraining order if you are afraid of retaliation. You have to tell the truth on the stand.

  • 7 years ago

    You have to testify. If you don't show up, you'll be held in contempt of court which will get you a heavy fine or time in jail; you'll be worse off than if you just show up.

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