If you’re new to the bail process, chances are that you might not be too familiar with certain parts of the legal process either. There are many terms in court that you are expected to know, so today we will go over a fairly common one.
What is Contempt Of Court?
A person can be held in contempt of court if, in any way, they disrupt court proceedings or impede the ability of the court to perform its primary function.
Civil contempt typically refers to when someone is not following a court order. For example, if the court has ordered you to pay child support, and you refuse, that is a form of civil contempt. If you choose to comply with the court, you may see the additional contempt charges lifted.
Criminal contempt is regarded as more serious, and if you are charged with it, you will not be able to get off the hook through compliance. In fact, because your contempt charges are separate from your original case, you may have to deal with contempt charges long after your original case has been settled. Criminal contempt includes outbursts during court proceeding, threats to court members, and other actions of that nature.