What happens if I get subpoenaed as a witness and I don’t show up for court?
Failure to appear as a witness can be punished as contempt of court. Unless you were excused by the court or an attorney in the case you can be fined and/or put in jail for failing to appear.

If you are a witness for the commonwealth and an emergency arises which prevents you from coming to court then you need to call our office at 434-432-7900 immediately to discuss the problem.

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1. Who is my Commonwealth’s Attorney, and what does he do?
2. What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
3. What happens if I get subpoenaed as a witness and I don’t show up for court?
4. What if my employer does not want me to go to court?
5. Can I drop charges?
6. What is an “advisement” hearing and why don’t I need to come as a witness?
7. What is a preliminary hearing and do I really need to come?
8. What is a “grand jury” and how does it work?
9. Who can come be with me in court?
10. Will I have to testify in front of the defendant?
11. How do I find out which prosecutor will be with me in court?
12. How do I find out if my case has been “called off”?
13. What do I do if my court date is set during my vacation?
14. Who pays for my travel expenses to get to court?
15. Is there any financial help available for a crime victim’s medical expenses?
16. What do I do if someone threatens me for being a witness?
17. My husband promised never to hit me again. Can I drop the charge against him?
18. This is my husband’s 1st time being prosecuted for hitting me. Is there a way the court can do something about it without finding him guilty?
19. What contact information does the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office need for me if I am a witness?
20. What if the defense attorney contacts me?
21. Are there any registered sex offenders living near me?