Contempt


#1

I have been charged with contempt of court for breaking a consent order. I did not break the order and feel good about representing myself. I was told by the opposing attorney that she is going to ask for jail time. (I have a clean record, no DUI, no criminal background, no drugs, DV or DMV charges). If I lose and I give notice of appeal, do I serve jail time while my case is in the appellate process, or do I avoid jail time while my case is being moved to the Appellate court.


#2

If you are found to be in contempt the judge can impose a jail sentence immediately, for civil contempt you will be given the opportunity to be released if you purge the contempt. If you are facing a criminal contempt charge I suggest you ask the court to appoint an attorney for you.


#3

What does “purge” mean?


#4

Redress the issue for which you are being held in contempt. For example if it is for unpaid support, payment of the amount owed would purge the contempt.