When you disobey a court order or engage in certain other unlawful behaviors, you could be held in contempt of court in the state of Nevada. Being held in contempt of court could have potentially serious consequences, and punishment can be imposed upon you. You need to understand what is at stake and the possible penalties you could face if you are held in contempt. You also need to know your rights and take action to try to avoid undesirable sanctions being placed upon you.
LV Criminal Defense knows the rules for contempt and we understand how you can try to protect yourself from being found in contempt and facing resulting consequences. You should be represented by an experienced Las Vegas criminal lawyer at our firm during any involvement you have with the court so you can reduce the chances you will be held in contempt.
If you are being held in contempt, you should consult with our experienced legal team to find out about the ways in which we can help you to avoid financial consequences, prison time, or other penalties that could result.
You should give us a call as soon as you become involved in the criminal justice system or as soon as you are held in contempt. We will bring our extensive legal knowledge to your case to help you to fight for your rights within the legal system and to help you fight for your future.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
N.R.S. 193.300 explains the rules for the punishment for contempt in the state of Nevada. According to N.R.S. 193.300, if an individual does something that is a criminal act and that same action constitutes contempt of court, the individual can be punished for the criminal act even if the individual was also punished for being in contempt of court.
This means that if you are accused of some wrongful act and face consequences for being in contempt of court, you can still face additional consequences later if and when you are charged with a crime and convicted.
However, if you are going to be punished for committing a crime and you were already held in contempt of court and faced consequences for the same actions, the punishment that had already been imposed upon you can be considered in mitigation. Since you have already been punished for the underlying wrongful behavior, you could thus face a lesser penalty when convicted of a crime than you otherwise would have faced had you not been held in contempt of court.
The fact that your prior punishment is considered as a factor that could mitigate your sentence is a positive thing because it means that you may not have to endure as harsh of a criminal penalty. However, you do still have to face consequences under two different circumstances for the same wrongful behavior: both when you were held in contempt of court and punished as well as when you were ultimately convicted of wrongdoing for the same actions. Since you are punished twice, the impact on your life can be substantial- and you need to make certain that you are doing everything you can in order to try to avoid being found in contempt or found guilty.
A Nevada criminal defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense will provide the guidance and advice you need to reduce the chances of contempt and will help you to understand what could happen to you if you are found in contempt. We can also work closely with you to try to lessen punishment or avoid consequences for being held in contempt. To find out more about the ways in which our legal team can assist you, give us a call today.