The court system has a powerful role in our society. The system expects respect and obeisance by all citizens. Not obeying or showing disrespect for the court system is called contempt of court. Contempt of court is a criminal charge that can come complete with fees, jail time and community service. Even if you are disobeying a civil restraining order, you can be charged with a criminal offense. After you have been ordered by a court of law to follow certain guidelines, not following that order is considered contempt of court. In this case, the other party to the case has some options. They can contact the police and can ask that charges be pressed for your contempt. Court orders are powerful documents. They can put a lot of restrictions on your life and at times can be very hard to follow. If you find yourself in this situation, and you feel you put in a good faith effort to follow the order or maybe you weren't even aware of the order, you may have a defense in court. Contempt of court cases are complex and require a lot of effort from both parties. Having an experienced attorney by your side can help ensure your side of the story is heard and taken seriously. You cannot be charged with contempt of court for not being able to follow custody arrangements under extenuating circumstances. If you get a flat tire and can't pick up your child on time, you will not be found guilty of contempt, if it is an isolated incident. Contempt of court is a serious charge used for people who willfully and repeatedly violate their orders. If you have good intentions and feel you are being wrongfully accused of contempt, make sure you know the scope of the law and your rights before you take any action.
Are you in the Tulare, Kings or Fresno areas and are being accused of Contempt of Court? Contact experienced criminal defense attorney Christopher Martens and his legal team to discuss your case scenario. The Law Offices of Christopher Martens can expertly walk you through the process of defending yourself in court. Call our offices at 559-967-7386 or email us at [email protected] for a free consultation today.