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To be charged with criminal contempt, you must have done any of the following:
Depending on the nature of the allegations, contempt is an offense that is punishable by up to between 30 and 90 days in jail.
If you are convicted of contempt, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of contempt, it can potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you rightly or wrongly run the risk of being considered someone who is unable to follow orders. Therefore, it is critical that you give your contempt charge the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with contempt. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, witness statements and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with contempt, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced criminal attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at email@example.com.