As per Penal Code 166, contempt of court or simply “contempt” is illegal conduct that is defined as some type of disobedience of an order of a court. Some examples of such conduct are:
Here, it’s important to note that “willfully” means that a person has committed the act, either willingly or on purpose. Additionally, while this sentence outlines many criminal behaviors, the most common violation is the disobedience of a court order.
You need to know that “contempt of court” is considered a misdemeanor that could lead to a sentence of up to six months in jail.
As already mentioned, the most prevalent type of contempt of court is the act of disobedience to a court order. If a prosecutor wants to convict a person of violating a court order, he needs to prove the following:
When it comes to a defendant knowing of a court order, the prosecutor needs to prove that:
It’s vital to note that both adults and minors can be charged with violating a court order.
Violating Penal Code 166 is typically a misdemeanor that can have severe consequences. However, there are ways to legally defend yourself if you find that what you’re being accused of is unfair or incorrect.
Regardless of the classification of the offense, it is important that you seek the assistance of competent legal counsel to help you best understand your legal defense while identifying an outcome that best minimizes your risk. We here at the H Law group patiently await your call.