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What to Do When You Receive a Subpoena

Subpoena (pronounced “suh-pee-nuh”) is a document produced by courts to compel attendance, testimony, or production of evidence from individuals. Failure to comply with this legal demand may put the requested person in contempt or other sanctions.

In American courts, there are two types of subpoena – subpoena ducestecum and subpoena ad testificandum. The former refers to the document that orders a person to appear in court and state his testimony. He may be asked by the court to be present on his behalf or to act as a witness to a case. The latter type refers to the order to produce certain pieces of evidence to be presented in the court.

Now, if you receive a subpoena, what should you do? If you don’t know, follow these tips by VMcPO Law Firm:

  1. Know the basics.
    First things first, determine whether what you received is a subpoena or summons. People usually interchange them, but the two have salient differences.
    Subpoena, as said earlier, is a court order that summons you to the court. On the other hand,summons is a document that informs you that a law suit is filed against you. If what you really received is a subpoena, then there is no need to panic about defending yourself from a case.
    The two documents are easily distinguishable. Courts put a recognizable heading in whatever form of correspondence they send.
  2. Do not panic.
    This is the last thing you should do. Do not fear the court, especially if you know you did not do anything wrong. Subpoenas are sent in line with the constitutionally protected virtue of due process. It is something to be upheld to see to it that every person is afforded the chance to be heard of his own side of the story.
  3. Confirm the source.
    If you are still wondering why you received a subpoena, you may confirm the same with the courts. You may ask the assigned clerks for the reason. However, it is a standard operating procedure that subpoenas contain the details or reasons why you are sent the same. Just scan the document thoroughly and you’ll find it.
  4. Seek legal guidance.
    Asking a lawyer would be a logical thing to do. Since it is them who know the system and how it works, they may be able to provide you tips on how to handle it. Also, lawyers are your confidants. Anything you say to them are bound by confidentiality. It is their sworn oath as law practitioners.
  5. Attend.
    After your lawyer gives you the go signal, attend the hearing. Do what is asked of you. Complying with subpoenas is a civic duty.

Understanding the vastness of the law is hard and often seen as unsurmountable by the laymen. However, lawyers are here to make lives easier for you. If you are looking for a reliable Legal Service Provider in Chino California, you can rest your case with VMcPO Law Firm.

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Raymond Obiamalu, Esq.

With more than 25 years experience, Raymond primarily focuses on Bankruptcy, Family, Personal Injury, Real Estate, & Health Care - overpayment defense for health providers.

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