Can I Avoid a Subpoena?

A person cannot avoid a subpoena simply by not being present and if the person is served with a subpoena and does not appear in court then the individual can be punished for contempt of the court, reports Cornell University Law School and the Zurin Institute. However, most of the time the subpoena cannot be issued unless there is an existing civil, administrative or criminal proceeding.

A subpoena is a written order that summons a person to court in order to provide evidence such as documents or testify for the court according to the Inside Counsel. If an individual is served a subpoena then it may be wise to speak with a lawyer to learn more about the legal ramifications of the case that the person is involved with.