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Criminal Contempt

Criminal Contempt Lawyer in Manhattan

New York Contempt of Court Charges

Any experienced New York City criminal contempt lawyer can tell you that the state’s Criminal Contempt statute is very specific in what it prohibits. It is basically a violation of a court proceeding or order. In other words, if a person is accused of Criminal Contempt, he or she can be arrested by the police and prosecuted by the District Attorney's Office. If convicted, they can go to state prison just for the contempt alone.

At the Law Office of John Buza, PC, our Manhattan criminal contempt attorney defends individuals who have been charged with criminal contempt. Call (212) 577-9328 for a free consultation.

Types of Contempt Charges

There are many ways in which a person can be in contempt of the court. By far and away, the most common arrests for Criminal Contempt are in the context of violations of an "Order of Protection." The New York Penal Code refers to what is commonly known as a "Restraining Order" as an Order of Protection.

  • If the person violates an Order of Protection, he or she is guilty of Criminal Contempt in the Second Degree, which is a Class A misdemeanor
  • If the person threatens the witness or has previously been convicted of Criminal Contempt, then they have committed Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, which is a class E felony
  • If the person actually causes physical injury to the witness, then the person is guilty of Aggravated Criminal Contempt, which is a class D felony.

This is just one practical example of criminal contempt. There are many situations in which someone could be charged with First Degree, Second Degree, or Aggravated Contempt.

You Need Someone Fighting for Your Defense

Criminal Contempt, in all forms, is a serious accusation. Not only can a person accused of Criminal Contempt go to jail, but judges routinely set bail or remand people for Criminal Contempt because they believe by being in contempt of the court's orders and rulings, the person is likely to violate other orders by the court.

Despite the seriousness of the accusations, there are defenses and a good Manhattan criminal defense attorney can help. Call (212) 577-9328 to arrange your free consultation at Law Office of John Buza, PC.


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