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Subpoena Crisis in Omaha: What You Need to Know

You’ve Been Served, Now What?

So, you just got served with a subpoena, and you’re not quite sure what to do next, right? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there, it’s a confusing and stressful situation, but, take a deep breath, you’ve got this.A subpoena is a legal document that requires you to either testify in court or provide certain documents or evidence, it’s not something you can just ignore. Failing to comply can result in some pretty serious consequences like fines or even jail time for contempt of court. Yikes, I know, but, that’s why we’re here to walk you through it.

Understanding the Subpoena Basics

There are two main types of subpoenas you could receive:

  1. A subpoena that requires you to testify, often called a “subpoena ad testificandum.” This means you have to show up in court or at a deposition and answer questions under oath.
  2. A subpoena that requires you to bring documents or other evidence, known as a “subpoena duces tecum.” So, you don’t necessarily have to appear in person, but, you do have to provide the requested materials.

The subpoena itself should clearly state which type it is and what’s being asked of you. It will also give a date, time, and location for when/where you need to comply. Read it carefully, because, those details are important.Now, I know what you’re thinking, “But, what if I can’t or don’t want to comply?” We’ll get to that, but, first, let’s look at…

Why You Might Be Subpoenaed

There are a few common reasons why someone could be subpoenaed:

  • You witnessed an event related to a court case, like a crime, accident, etc. The lawyers want your firsthand account.
  • You have documents or evidence that’s relevant to the case, like records, photos, videos.
  • You have specialized expertise that could help explain something to the judge/jury.
  • You were involved in the events being litigated in some way.

So, even if you feel totally removed from the situation, there’s likely a reason you specifically were called to participate. The lawyers think you have some key piece of information.

The Consequences of Not Complying

Ignoring a subpoena is a big no-no, it’s considered contempt of court, which is a criminal offense, yikes. The consequences can include:

  • Fines (which can get expensive fast)
  • Jail time (yes, you read that right, you could go to jail)
  • Having the subpoena enforced by law enforcement

Not fun, right? The court takes subpoenas seriously as a crucial part of the legal process. So, even if you really, really don’t want to get involved, just ignoring it isn’t an option, you have to respond properly.Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to comply fully, there are ways to legally object or try to modify the subpoena’s demands, more on that in a bit. But, you can’t just pretend you never got it, that’s a recipe for a world of legal trouble.

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Your First Steps After Being Served

Okay, so you’ve been served, you get that you can’t just ignore it, now what? Here are the first things you’ll want to do:

  1. Read the subpoena thoroughly and make sure you understand what’s being asked of you – testify, provide documents, or both?
  2. Note the deadlines! There are strict time limits for responding.
  3. Gather any relevant documents/evidence that’s being requested.
  4. Start thinking about whether you have any valid legal objections to complying with the subpoena as-is.
  5. Consider meeting with a lawyer to go over your options and obligations. This is highly recommended, especially if you’re unsure about anything.

Having a clear picture of what’s required and what your rights are will help guide your next moves.

Reasons You Might Object to a Subpoena

Just because you get a subpoena doesn’t mean you automatically have to comply with every single demand in it. There are several grounds for objecting:

  • The subpoena is overly broad in scope (asking for way too much)
  • Complying would be extremely burdensome or expensive
  • The requested info is protected by privileges like attorney-client, doctor-patient, etc.
  • The subpoena doesn’t allow enough time to gather everything
  • You have no relevant info to provide

If you have valid objections, you can file a motion to modify or quash (cancel) the subpoena. This has to be done properly and on time though.

How to Legally Object or Modify

If you want to object or ask to modify some part of the subpoena, you’ll need to:

  1. Put your objections in writing, clearly stating the reasons.
  2. Work with the lawyer who issued the subpoena to see if you can reach a compromise informally first.
  3. If not, you’ll likely need to file a motion with the court to modify or quash the subpoena, laying out your objections.
  4. Be prepared to negotiate and compromise where possible. Maybe you can’t object entirely, but can get the scope reduced.
  5. Act quickly! There are strict deadlines for objecting.

This is definitely a situation where having a lawyer’s help is highly advisable. The back-and-forth negotiating can get complicated.

What If I Still Have to Comply?

Even if your objections are denied or only partially successful, you may still have to provide testimony or documents per the subpoena. If that’s the case, here are some tips:

  • Only provide what is specifically requested, nothing more
  • For testimony, answer just the question asked, no extra details
  • Carefully review all documents before producing them
  • Never lie or mislead the court
  • Remain calm and professional

Again, having a lawyer present can be invaluable for making sure you protect your rights while still meeting your legal obligations.

When to Seek Legal Counsel

Look, I get it, lawyers are expensive, and maybe you think you can handle this subpoena situation yourself. But, there are some scenarios where professional legal guidance is absolutely essential:

  • If you plan to object or modify the subpoena at all
  • If complying could potentially expose you to any legal risk
  • If you really aren’t sure about the scope of what’s being asked
  • If the case is particularly complex, high-stakes, or criminal in nature

Trying to go it alone runs the risk of making mistakes that could lead to hefty fines, contempt charges, or other fallout you’ll really want to avoid.

How a Lawyer Can Help

When you hire a lawyer to assist with a subpoena, they’ll be able to:

  • Thoroughly review the subpoena’s demands
  • Advise you on your rights and obligations
  • Determine if you have grounds to object or modify
  • Handle all negotiations and court motions
  • Ensure you meet all deadlines
  • Prepare you for any testimony you may have to provide
  • Argue on your behalf to limit the scope of compliance
  • Represent you if you face potential contempt charges
  • And much more

Having that experienced legal advice can make a subpoena much less intimidating and overwhelming to deal with.

The Cost of Not Hiring a Lawyer

I know, I know, you’re thinking “But lawyers are so expensive!” And you’re not wrong, good legal representation doesn’t come cheap. However, the potential costs of not having a lawyer can be much, much higher:

  • Steep fines for not responding properly
  • Contempt charges that lead to jail time
  • Being forced to spend more time/money complying than needed
  • Accidentally disclosing privileged or sensitive info
  • Missing key deadlines and having to start over
  • Damaging your reputation or risking job consequences

When you add all of that up, hiring a lawyer is often the more cost-effective option in the long run. It’s about mitigating your risk.

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