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Criminal Contempt Definition

Criminal contempt proceedings punish a party for something they have already done, constituting an affront (insult) to the court’s dignity. In most cases, a judge accuses a person of criminal contempt based on their behavior or conduct in the courtroom. However, a judge can also hold someone in criminal contempt for violating a court order. A judge can sentence a person to 93 days of imprisonment and up to two years of probation for criminal contempt.

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