This is a serious situation. You could be charged with contempt of court and be charged with a crime. historically I have not seen this however generally you would have to have a medical reason to miss a court date when you have been issued a subpoena. If you were never issued a subpoena that you have nothing to worry about. There on some exceptions for not showing up however such as medical or some type of emergency that was beyond your control. The court generally is somewhat understanding and will work with you. I would call them and advise them as soon as you can. The worst case is when you have the twelve jurors selected which may take three hours to get selected, and the case is ready to move forward, and the primary witness forgot to show up. At this point they have to reschedule the case for another date, and took up the time for the entire judicial system. The Judge is not happy at this point. Sometimes the Judge will order the police to find the witness, and bring them to court ASAP while the jury is waiting. I hope this helps. www.deltaforcepi.com Private Investigator
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A case cant be thrown out. When a case is opened it has to be closed one day, either in the defendants favor or the prosecutors favor. If a witness doesn't show up, then the case will have one less witness to ask questions to. Just because a witness doesn't show up doesn't mean that the case is closed; there are usually more than one witnesses in order for the prosecutor (or the defence) to have a stronger case (along with other evidence).