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Today, we will discuss a commonly used legal term that is not always entirely understood: Contempt of Court. Keep reading to find out what that is, and why you will want to avoid hearing it during your trial!
What Is Contempt Of Court?
Contempt of court is a term you might have heard in movies or on TV. There are two types of contempt of court, one civil and one criminal, but both refer to any action that disrespects the court system, or impedes the court’s ability to perform its primary function. Being found in contempt of court can lead to fines, arrest, or extended sentencing, depending on the circumstances.
Civil Contempt Of Court
Civil contempt of court generally refers to incidents that happen outside of the courtroom, such as when someone acts contrary to a court order. For example, If a person is ordered by the court to pay child support, and that person refuses to pay, or pays less than the ordered amount, that person can be held in civil contempt of court.
Criminal Contempt Of Court
Criminal contempt of court is often portrayed in pop culture, and is generally seen inside of a courtroom. For example, yelling in the courtroom, acts of violence or aggression, outbursts, speaking out of turn, or forms of intimidation can all be seen as criminal contempt of court.
To avoid fines and penalties associated with being held in contempt of court, be sure to follow all court orders, and to speak calmly and evenly during your trial. Speak when it is your turn to speak, or allow your lawyer to speak on y our behalf. For help making bail, or if you have any questions about bail, call our team today at (252) 671-2297!