What happens when you file a contempt of court?
Depending on the infraction, contempt of court consequences can include fines, compensatory visitation, a modification to the custody arrangement, and in some instances even jail time. In most cases, if someone is held in contempt, the court will first give them the opportunity to make amends for the violation.
Do I need an attorney to file contempt charges?
You don't need an attorney to file a Motion for Contempt, but it is a good idea to have one. If you decide to represent yourself, you can go to the courthouse that made the order and ask for help at the Court Service Center.
How bad is a contempt of court charge?
Updated May 29, 2020 Penal Code 166 PC is the California statute that defines the offense of contempt of court. A person commits this crime if he or she engages in any behavior that is disrespectful to the court process. This is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of up to 6 months in jail.
Can you file contempt of court in another state?
A. What is the procedure for contempt? Usually you must file a motion in an existing case, in the same county and court that entered the original order. If you have an order from another county or state, you must take extra steps to start a new court case in the new county.