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, P.C., our Manhattan criminal contempt attorney defends individuals who have been charged with criminal contempt. Call 212-349-2200 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 also 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 212-349-2200 or send us an email to arrange your free consultation at Law Office of John Buza, P.C..