Criminal Contempt

Morristown Criminal Contempt Attorney

Experienced Legal Advocacy for the Accused

If you are accused of disobeying a court order or disrespecting the authority of the court, it’s a serious issue. This is known as criminal contempt, and you can face criminal charges that may come with penalties that include steep fines and months in jail, depending on the severity of the allegations. You can avoid this outcome, however, with help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

The Law Offices of Joseph S. Scura can provide the legal support you need when you’re accused of a crime. Although no attorney can guarantee results, we’re confident that our personalized approach to legal service can help our clients reach better outcomes for their legal challenges. When you choose us for legal representation, we invest time and resources in investigating your situation and developing a defense strategy built just for you. When you need a Morristown criminal contempt lawyer, reach out to The Law Offices of Joseph S. Scura for complex and aggressive defense advocacy. 

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Types of Criminal Contempt

In New Jersey, criminal contempt is taken very seriously and can have severe consequences for those found guilty. This is because the state views it as an affront to the court system and a threat to the rule of law.

One of the most common types of criminal contempt in New Jersey is direct contempt, which occurs when someone behaves disrespectfully or disruptively towards a judge, attorney, or witness during a court proceeding. This can include using vulgar language, making threats, or refusing to follow the judge's instructions.

Indirect contempt, on the other hand, refers to behavior that occurs outside of the courtroom but still undermines the court's authority. This can include failure to appear in court as a witness, failure to pay court-ordered fines or restitution, or violating a restraining order.

In addition to these two types of criminal contempt, New Jersey also recognizes constructive contempt. This occurs when someone fails to obey a court order, such as paying child support or completing community service, and their actions result in hindering the administration of justice.

Penalties for Criminal Contempt 

The penalties for criminal contempt in New Jersey depend on the type and severity of the offense. In most cases, criminal contempt is considered a disorderly persons offense and can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months.

However, if an individual's actions are deemed to be a direct and immediate threat to the safety or integrity of the court, they may face more serious penalties. This can include fines of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 18 months. 

Because your freedom may be at stake, it’s important to consult with someone like our experienced criminal contempt lawyer in Morristown for legal service. 

Additional Consequences 

In addition to fines and imprisonment, individuals convicted of criminal contempt in New Jersey may also face other consequences. These can include community service, probation, or even court-mandated anger management classes.

Moreover, a conviction for criminal contempt can have long-lasting effects on an individual's personal and professional life. It can damage their reputation and make it difficult for them to find employment or obtain certain licenses.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation 

With help from our criminal contempt attorney in Morristown at The Law Offices of Joseph S. Scura, you can defend against your charges. We understand that this time is likely very frustrating and confusing for you. Rest assured that our compassionate criminal defense lawyer is an experienced advocate for people in situations like yours and can provide the legal advice and services you now need. 


For more information, reach out to us today and request a free initial consultation. 

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