How To Subpoena Telephone Bills From Verizon

So you're involved in a lawsuit where you need learn how to subpoena telephone bills from Verizon. If you're the account holder, Verizon has policies you can follow to get the phone records. However, if you're NOT the account holder, for example if you're involved in a divorce and you want to prove that your spouse was cheating on you, and your accounts were separate, the process will require a subpoena. If you have a lawyer, he or she will have the knowledge of how to subpoena these records – but if you're opting to act as your own attorney, you will need to get the subpoena yourself. This article will provide information on how to subpoena phone records.

  1. Obtain the form needed to subpoena the records. It can be found at the NC Courts website.
  2. Fill out the form as completely as possible. You will need to include the file number of the case, if you know it, the name of the person or people that you are asking for information from, and check the option to "produce for the court the following items, at the date and time listed below." Be sure to include in this section the phone number that records are needed for, as well as the dates that the phone calls in question were made.
  3. Once the form is filled out, deliver it to a process server for delivery to the appropriate person or people at Verizon. If the summons was being served in North Carolina, the person who normally acts as a process server is the sherriff in the county that the summons is being served in. However, if the summons is being served outside North Carolina, according to the North Carolina statutes, the process server can be "anyone who is not a party and is not less than 21 years of age or anyone duly authorized to serve the summons by law of the place where the service is being made." The process server must deliver the summons to each person listed on the form.
  4. The process server must deliver the person to each person indicated on the form, or if it cannot be delivered, the process server must indicate a reason why it could not be delivered. The process server must also also indicate if there was a service fee paid, or if there's one due, the date the summons was served, and he or she  must sign in the appropriate place on the form.

That's all there is to it.  Once the subpoena has been served to all the appropriate parties, the person or people to whom the subpoena for phone records was served have a certain amount of time in which to provide those phone records. 

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