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Contempt is a charge that arises when one disobeys a court order or attempts to interfere with the normal proceedings of a court. Such charges may be brought about if a person, for example, interrupts a court proceeding or refuses to comply with an order of the court.

Depending on the circumstance, the penalties can range from fines to jail time. If you are charged with contempt, call us to go over your options free of charge.

We encourage you to contact us today for a free case evaluation by calling 812-422-0222

About Contempt Cases

IC 34-47-3-5:

(A) In all cases of indirect contempts, the person charged with indirect contempt is entitled:
  • (1) before answering the charge;  or
  • (2) being punished for the contempt;

to be served with a rule of the court against which the contempt was alleged to have been committed.

(B) The rule to show cause must:
  • (1) clearly and distinctly set forth the facts that are alleged to constitute the contempt;
  • (2) specify the time and place of the facts with reasonable certainty, as to inform the defendant of the nature and circumstances of the charge against the defendant;  and
  • (3) specify a time and place at which the defendant is required to show cause, in the court, why the defendant should not be attached and punished for such contempt.
(C) The court shall, on proper showing, extend the time provided under subsection (b)(3) to give the defendant a reasonable and just opportunity to be purged of the contempt.
(D) A rule provided for under subsection (b) may not issue until the facts alleged to constitute the contempt have been:
  • (1) brought to the knowledge of the court by an information;  and
  • (2) duly verified by the oath of affirmation of some officers of the court or other responsible person.

Why Should You Hire Hatfield Law for Contempt Cases?

When it comes to developing a defense strategy for a contempt case, our lawyers are ready to provide several options.

Hatfield Law has successfully secured case dismissals, charge reductions, and alternative sentences to avoid jail. We negotiate to our clients satisfaction, or demand your day in court.

For most of our clients, a contempt charge in Indiana, Kentucky, or Illinois is a life altering disruption to their daily life. After meeting with us during the initial consultation, our clients often report finding peace of mind. Criminal defense is about more than the system, law, or best/worst case outcomes. It is about you. It is about getting you back to your life.

If you want to schedule a free consultation with one of our arson attorneys, feel free to contact us now. You can call Hatfield Law at 812-422-0222 or send an email to ryan@hatfieldlaw.com or david@hatfieldlaw.com.

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