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We send all subpoenas by mail. You will not receive email subpoenas from our office. Please let us know when your mailing address changes.

The assigned prosecutor or paralegal will be able to answer any questions you have about your subpoena. This is not necessarily the same name as that on the subpoena.

If you leave a voice mail for the assigned prosecutor, please include your name, telephone number, the case number, the defendant's name, the courtroom, and the date and time of the trial. This information can be found on the subpoena itself. If you do not wish to leave a voice mail, you can ask to speak with the paralegal assigned to the case.

If You Have Received a Subpoena

We subpoena individuals who were listed in the police report who are important to prove the case. If you receive a subpoena, it is imperative that you appear as ordered. Your attendance helps even if you never actually testify, since defendants often plead guilty when they know the prosecutor can prove his/her case. If you do not appear, it is possible that the Court may issue a material witness warrant for your arrest.

If the case does go to trial, it will usually take one or two days. Both the prosecutor and the defense attorney may ask you questions. If you do not remember, say so. Answer only the questions asked and do not try to argue the case. Simply tell what you know.

If you receive a call from a member of the prosecutor's staff or the staff of the defense attorney, feel free to answer any questions they may have. If you are uncomfortable answering questions from a defense attorney, you may request that a prosecutor be present during the interview.

There are certain things that the prosecution staff should always be informed about:
  • If your address changes
  • If you have information that you did not tell the police
  • If you have suffered damages as a result of this incident and have proof of payment or estimates for the damage(s)