Contempt of Court in Aliso Viejo

Contempt of Court PC 166 in Aliso Viejo

In the city of Aliso Viejo and in the state of California, ‘contempt of court’ essentially refers to behavior that is disrespectful of the court or its process. The purpose of the ‘contempt of court’ charge is to assert the authority of the court and to maintain its dignity and respect.

Behavior Defined as Being in Contempt of Court

California Penal Code Section 166 defines the conduct that the court would define as ‘contempt of court’. Some of the behavior viewed as disrespectful and therefore in ‘contempt of court’ includes:

  • Interrupting court proceedings in an unbecoming manner. For example, by excessively shouting in a court proceeding
  • Publishing a grossly inaccurate/false account of court proceedings
  • Deliberately disobeying the terms of an issued injunction or court order
  • Declining to be sworn in as a witness or refusing to answer a material question when there is no legal exception to do so
  • Deliberately and knowingly violating a protective/stay-away order that involves elder abuse, adult dependent abuse or domestic abuse
Defense Against PC 166

To defend against a PC 166 charge, you need an expert defense attorney who can represent you and prove the following:

  • That you did not know or lacked requisite knowledge. For example, you did not know there was a court order because it was mailed to a wrong address
  • You did not act intentionally. For example, you visited a cinema where you happened to meet someone you were ordered by the court to stay away from or
  • You have been falsely accused of being in contempt of court

It is important to call a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, for the best defense to be strategized. We can defend you at Johnson Criminal Law Group. Call our law firm immediately.

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