Law Regarding Contempt of Court
Given that court proceedings can be daunting, stressful, and complicated, it becomes even more important to follow all rules and norms when involved in a court proceeding. California courts have specific rules in place in order to ensure standard consistency, efficiency, and application of justice, among others. As such, if a person were to flout court rules, act disrespectfully, or interrupt the legal process, they could face criminal charges and penalties for contempt of court. If you are currently (or will be) going through a court proceeding, you should know the rules regarding your case and be aware of all norms and procedures. Please reach out to us at Law Advocates Group for more information about the law regarding contempt of court.
Contempt of court is illegal, and its elements have been delineated according to California Penal Code Section 166. A person can be accused of contempt due to a variety of reasons. For example, a person can be found in contempt of court if they have deliberately ignored or breached the terms of a court order, such as a protective order. Contempt of court can also occur during a court proceeding. Common examples of such instances include, but are not limited to, hostile/aggressive/insulting behavior, the refusal to be sworn/affirmed in, and the refusal to answer a question.
Penalties for Contempt of Court
Contempt of court is not a minor offense, but, rather, has serious consequences. A person found guilty of being in contempt faces a misdemeanor. In general, the penalty for this crime requires jail time and the payment of a fine. However, certain cases can require even lengthier jail penalties or be compounded with additional charges. For example, if a person violated a court order, they can also be charged with a stand-alone charge of violating a protective order. If you have been arrested or charged with contempt of court, immediately contact us and one of our experienced criminal attorneys will assist you.