What Is a Subpoena?
A subpoena (pronounced “sub-pee-nuh”) refers to a legal document that demands that someone either produce evidence for a trial or go to testify in it. Ignoring a subpoena or failing to produce the requested evidence can be punished by finding the recipient in contempt of court.
To provide a quick and simple subpoena definition: it’s a piece of paper that asks you to do something, and if you don’t you could face penalties.
The most common outcome of being found in contempt of court is a fine. Rarely, a jail sentence may be handed out. The subpoenaed person may also be given an “order to produce” specific testimony or evidence.