What happens to a witness (or victim) if they fail to appear for court?

witness fail to appear for subpoenaWhat will happen to a witness (or alleged victim) if the witness fails to show up for court?  It is most commonly a wife, or girlfriend, of a defendant in a domestic violence case that asks this question.  I suspect they are asking this because they hope that their absence from the court will result in a dismissal of the case. Continue reading