2020 Georgia Code
Title 35 - Law Enforcement Officers and Agencies
Chapter 3 - Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 35-3-4.4. Issuance of a Subpoena; Failure to Comply
- In any investigation of a violation of Article 8 of Chapter 5 of Title 16 or other criminal violation involving the abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a disabled adult, elder person, or resident, the director, assistant director, or deputy director for investigations shall be authorized to issue a subpoena, with the consent of the Attorney General, to compel the production of books, papers, documents, or other tangible things, including records and documents contained within, or generated by, a computer or any other electronic device, unless such records are wholly owned by the federal government.
- Upon the failure of a person without lawful excuse to obey a subpoena, the director, assistant director, or deputy director for investigations, through the prosecuting attorney, may apply to a superior court having jurisdiction for an order compelling compliance. Such person may object to the subpoena on the grounds that it fails to comply with this Code section or upon any constitutional or other legal right or privilege of such person. The court may issue an order modifying or setting aside such subpoena or directing compliance with the original subpoena. Failure to obey a subpoena issued under this Code section may be punished by the court as contempt of court.
(Code 1981, §35-3-4.4, enacted by Ga. L. 2018, p. 602, § 5/HB 635.)
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